Peterborough United boss Graham Westley has compared Chris Forrester to Manchester United and England defensive midfielder Michael Carrick, reports the BBC.
The Irish midfielder has impressed for the Posh since joining from St Patrick’s Athletic in his homeland, and he has played in all eight of Westley’s games in charge of the club.
And the former Stevenage and Preston manager was very complimentary about the 22-year old as he prepares to take his side to Coventry City this weekend.
“There’s so much Michael Carrick in him it’s scary,” said the 47-year old to the BBC.
“You look at the likes of Carrick, an intelligent player, reads the game brilliantly well, owns, keeps and passes the ball in the right way – he’s got so many of the characteristics.”
Westley even put a case for Forrester going on to become even better than Carrick, who has won 33 caps for England.
“Could you see him being even better? He probably gets more goals than Carrick – he’s a great player in the making.”
He has scored two goals for Peterborough since his move in August and he has clearly impressed his new manager, who has backed him to become even better.
“You look at the stats from last weekend’s game (against Doncaster), he was up near the 70-pass mark.
“I think he’s got a lot more in him as he learns the diamond shape and improves his physical condition he’ll get on the ball even more.
“We’ve seen what he can do in terms of arriving in the box and scoring goals, we’ve seen his passing, he’s such a composed individual, he’s a cracking player.”
Peterborough are currently 10th in Sky Bet League One after a difficult start to the campaign and since taking over, Westley has lost just two of his seven games in charge, winning four.
Peterborough fans……What do you make of Westley’s comments? How much has Forrester impressed you? Do you think he could achieve what Carrick has in the game? Let us know what you think in the comments below!