Coventry City midfielders Conor Thomas and John Fleck have been challenged to improve on their 2013-14 performances by manager Steven Pressley.
Sky Blues trainee Thomas, who experienced a loan spell with Premier League side Liverpool in 2011, made 43 league appearances for Coventry last season as he formed an effective partnership with Fleck, who has made 91 appearances in all competitions for the West Midlands club since joining from Rangers in 2012.
However, Pressley last week told the club’s official website that a central midfielder is one of his priorities in the transfer market this summer, and while the Scotsman is impressed with the professionalism and ability of his current pairing, he believes they have more progress to make during the forthcoming campaign.
“I want them to evolve. I am a huge admirer of both of them,” the former Hearts defender told the Coventry website earlier today.
“Conor Thomas is everything I look for in a modern footballer. He is the ultimate professional, he prepares properly for every game and he consistently trains at his highest levels.
“John Fleck is a wonderfully-gifted footballer but I think there is even more to come from him. He is an old-fashioned footballer who just wants to get a ball and play.
“It is a big season for both of them but I’d like to see them both kick on and improve.”
Coventry’s League One term starts at Bradford City on 9 August, before taking on newly-relegated Championship club Cardiff City in the first round of the League Cup four days later.