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The Blackpool player who could be essential to a promotion push

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player view’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the perspective on the situation at hand…

Blackpool winger Sean Scannell registered his first goal for the Tangerines in their 2-1 win against Lincoln City at Bloomfield Road on Friday, and the 29-year-old will be confident of being able to cement himself as a vital member of Simon Grayson’s team in the coming weeks.

Scannell arrived at Bloomfield Road from Bradford City on a free transfer with the Tangerines’ letting Harry Pritchard head to Valley Parade in the other direction, and the winger will be eager to prove his worth back at League 1 level after he was unable to perform to his best, scoring just one goal in 15 appearances, for a Bradford side which suffered relegation to League 2.

Grayson has already worked with Scannell, making the winger his first permanent addition whilst in charge of Huddersfield Town in the summer of 2012, and the 49-year-old will therefore be fully aware of the attacker’s qualities and ability to make a difference in the final third when he is on top his game.

That is undoubtedly the key with Scannell, with the 29-year-old showing glimpses of his potential throughout his career in spells with the likes of Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and Burton Albion, but never really managing to produce on a consistent basis and he is now at the stage in his career where he must begin to show that he can perform at a high level for a run of games.

Blackpool could certainly benefit this season if Scannell is finally able to discover an ability to perform to a consistently high level, with the 29-year-old demonstrating against Lincoln his ability to make runs into the penalty area from wide areas to add an extra threat to opposition defences in their penalty area, and if he can continue to convert chances like he did on Friday the Tangerines could have a player capable of registering some vital extra goals.

Grayson has shown a lot of faith in Scannell and he will have been pleased with the way he has started his Blackpool career in his opening few appearances for the club, the former Sunderland manager now must find a way of being able to help him stay injury free and playing with confidence which is when you get the best out of the winger.

If the Tangerines are to challenge for promotion this season, they will need to have their most influential players playing with consistency, and Scannell will certainly be one of those who can help drive the club on in tight contests and make a difference in helping bring the ball up the pitch on the counter with his direct running.

It will be interesting to see whether Scannell can maintain the level of performance he showed against Lincoln, in what could be a potentially make or break season for the winger.


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