Blackpool striker prepares for international duty as impressive debut season continues

Shayne Lavery has had a remarkable impact on Tangerine since joining Bloomfield Road.

Signing a relatively untapped marking in Northern Ireland from Linfield, the move signals a shift in transfer strategy that has been underway since Simon Sadler took over at the club. Working smarter and with an adaptable approach, following role models like Brentford and Luton has paid off.

Lavery scored 30 goals for the Blues last season en route to a league and cup double under the tutelage of Northern Ireland’s all-time leading goalscorer David Healy. Learning from the best his nation has ever seen in the goal-scoring number nine role will no doubt have helped his journey, but it was the other aspects of his game that stood out. Blackpool.

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Neil Critchley stresses the importance of his forwards leading the defensive work both in terms of relentless pressing but also spatial awareness. There is a lot of key information for each opponent that needs to be taken into account for the Seasiders to get going in a tactically effective way and the head coach has always praised his teams’ ability to do so – Lavery stood out.

His selfless play and manner of tactical discipline meant Blackpool could rely on him to put in the hard yards to stem the opposition’s build-up game. A clear highlight of this was the recent away win against Stoke where, particularly in the first half, the majority of the chances came thanks to Lavery’s stubborn pressure on the Potters’ backline in order to force turnovers of possession in dangerous areas to create chances.

He had to remain patient as he and Jerry Yates tend to be played in rotation depending on the next opponent, with both offering similar traits and complimenting Gary Madine well. Coming from a division that is historically quite far from the Championship in terms of quality and displacing the club’s top scorer from the previous season regularly says a lot about the impression Lavery makes.

Eight league goals in 15 starts for the Northern Ireland international puts him level with Madine at the top of the Seasiders goalscoring charts with Yates not far behind. With two friendlies to come against Luxembourg (March 25) and Hungary (March 29), Lavery has a real opportunity to make an impression on national coach Ian Baraclough.

Having missed the last international break with a hamstring injury, Lavery will be desperate to establish himself as a striker and given that he is only 23, this could well be a chance to cement his position. place for the foreseeable future. Northern Ireland fell well short of a World Cup place by finishing third in qualifying, seven points behind second-placed Italy, alongside a number of stalwarts arriving towards the end of their careers in form from Kyle Lafferty and Steven Davis to name a few – the country needs new figureheads to reinvigorate its chances of qualifying for major tournaments.

Shayne Lavery might just provide that.

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