Bentley: Don’t put too much pressure on Williams

Ryan Williams is pushing for his first Morecambe start at York on Saturday.
Ryan Williams is pushing for his first Morecambe start at York on Saturday.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says fans should not pin all their hopes on new signing Ryan Williams.

The midfielder has scored two goals in three substitute appearances since finally completing a move to the Globe Arena at the start of January.

But Bentley says it is important not to put too much pressure on the former Rhyl and Chester man, who had to wait three months to join the club due to paperwork issues.

The Shrimps boss said: “He’s done well. We knew about his ability.

“I have said though don’t be pinning your hopes on Ryan and expecting too much, too soon.

“He’s gone out there and proved what a good player he is. His goal at Plymouth was outstanding, and it was a great bit of skill inside the box against Dagenham at the weekend.

“He scored a great goal for the reserves against Burton at St George’s Park, identical to the one against Plymouth, and only yesterday in the reserves, he’s stuck in a 30-yard free-kick with the last kick of the game.

“It’s important we manage him and give him the information and the platform to prove what a good player he is.

“In time I’m sure he’ll go from strength to strength and get better and better.”

Bentley acknowledged the new Shrimps number 10 is pushing for his first start, but was undecided whether he’d get it at York City on Saturday.

“I’m tempted to put him in from the start,” said Bentley.

“I know all the fans will be thinking he’s scored when he’s come on and it’s about time he started. He might start this weekend, he might not.

“He certainly pushing for a start but he’s a young lad.

“Although he has scored a couple of good goals there’s still plenty of work to be done with him.

“He’s willing to learn, a great listener, does a lot of us own stuff after training and I’m sure he’ll develop into a nice little player for us.”

Andy Fleming and Robbie Threlfall are Bentley’s major injury doubts for trip to Yorkshire.

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