Doncaster Rovers: Liam Mandeville urged to be more selfish in order to succeed

Liam Mandeville
Liam Mandeville

Liam Mandeville must show a selfish streak if he is to live up to his potential with Doncaster Rovers.

That is the verdict of Rovers assistant boss Gavin Strachan as Mandeville faces a potential run in the side.

The 19-year-old is likely to be the first choice pick if Darren Ferguson opts for a direct replacement for the injured Andy Williams over the next two months.

But Mandeville must think more of himself in order to make the most of his opportunity according to Strachan.

“We think there is more in the tank for Liam if he develops a bit of a selfish streak and realise how good he can be,”

“I think Liam is a really good finisher.

“Day in, day out in the little competitions that we have, he will be right up there.

“There’s maybe a bit more of a selfish element he needs to get into his play.

“His link-up play is really good as you saw with the goal against Barnet. He’s got real awareness.

“His team mates trust him with the ball.

“There was just a couple of occasions, even on Saturday against Colchester, where he wasn’t showing the right desire to get in there with his taps in.

“It’s just that almost selfish instinct of a striker we need to try to nurture.”

Ferguson expressed some frustration with Mandeville following last weekend’s win over Colchester United.

And Strachan says the young forward has responded well in training this week.

He said: “Liam’s a fantastic lad.

“His workrate is great in training. He’s out there to the end trying to get better.

“He’s a really well respected member of the group and we’re all here to try to help him.”

Mandeville could retain his place for the trip to Blackpool tomorrow.