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McCann expecting Craig to hit the ground running

9 January 2024

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McCann expecting Craig to hit the ground running

9 January 2024

Grant McCann is convinced Matthew Craig can make an immediate impact in the Rovers midfield after arriving on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 20-year-old will spend the rest of the campaign at the Eco-Power Stadium and manager McCann believes he has the capability of filling the role previously carried out by Zain Westbrooke.

“He’s had a lot of games for Tottenham already this season,” McCann said. “He played in a friendly at the weekend so he’s well up to date with his minutes.

“We feel with the injury to Zain, we need another player in there who can handle the ball and make things happen - a different type to what we’ve already got. Harrison, George and Tommy are running eights. We wanted a six/eight that can shift into different positions.

“We feel like we’ve got good midfield players at the club but it’s just about getting the balance right in terms of what we need. He brings that to the team.

“He’s been the captain of Tottenham U21, they’re top of the league so he’s in a successful team which is a huge thing for us.

“He’s an exciting player and he’s though of highly at Tottenham, which is why they put him on a new long-term contract.

“He can handle the physicality. We’ve seen him in training already. He’s very much in the Herbie Kane mould in terms of how he moves and gets on the ball.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him in action.”

The move marks Craig’s first experience of a loan but McCann says plenty of work has been carried out to determine that the midfielder is ready for the challenge.

“What is important is the background that you put into finding out about his character,” he said. “We’ve had numerous conversations with people at Tottenham that we know and they’ve all said that his character is top class.

“We’ve seen that already when I met him, went to see him in the hotel and from his first day in with us.

“You can see that he’s got that attitude to do well.”

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