Nathan Craig's versatility gives Torquay United a welcome dilemma
Nathan Craig’s good form in a variety of positions is giving Torquay United manager Martin Ling a fresh selection dilemma.
With recent injuries to Damon Lathrope and Craig Easton, Ling has played the 20-year-old Welshman in several midfield slots in recent weeks.
With fit-again Easton back in the engine room, Craig even deputised for left-winger Danny Stevens in Tuesday’s 1-0 win at AFC Wimbledon.
“The more I watch Nathan in various positions, the more he impresses me,” said Ling. “He’s just a good footballer.
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“The real reason Danny Stevens was left out on Tuesday was that we were away from home and, after his injury and the way his pre-season was affected, I thought it was asking a lot at this stage for him to play two games in four days.
“Nathan played well, and I thought Craig Easton did a superb job in central midfield as well.
“To see someone like Danny Stevens on the bench shows where we are going hopefully. And it went so well at Wimbledon, so it’s left me with a poser [for tomorrow].”
Craig, who was released at Everton in 2011 after seven formative years at the club, is rebuilding his career at Plainmoor, where he earned a two-year contract this summer after an extended trial over the second half of last season. He played for Wales at every teenage level and is hoping to regain the place he once held in an Under-21 side which now includes his Torquay team-mate Billy Bodin.
“If I keep playing for Torquay, hopefully that will improve my chances of getting back in the Welsh squad,” said Craig, who turned out for his home-town club Caernarfon Town during the six months between leaving Everton and trying his luck with Torquay last winter.
After two games on the road, a 1-0 defeat at Rotherham United last Saturday and then the win at Wimbledon in midweek, United come back to Plainmoor to tackle in-form Burton Albion tomorrow.
Gary Rowett’s Brewers are up to sixth place after Wednesday’s 3-1 home win over York City.