Southend United's Phil Brown: Ryan Leonard needs to be in our midfield

Ryan Leonard - could be back in midfield for Southend United this weekend

Ryan Leonard - could be back in midfield for Southend United this weekend

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THERE’S certainly plenty to be thinking about ahead of this Saturday’s game against Chesterfield but the way things stand at the moment I think I will be moving Ryan Leonard back in to the midfield.

Ryan did an excellent job reverting to right-back at Plymouth Argyle and his defensive work was very impressive considering he was often isolated one on one against an opposing winger.

But, upon reflection, I think we missed him in the midfield and nobody really grabbed hold of a shirt for the Chesterfield game who played there in his place.

It was a much of a muchness performance from the players in there, nobody really caught my eye with their display and nobody really seemed to be demanding the ball enough either which was disappointing.

However, if I move Lenny back in to midfield we obviously need someone else at right-back.

Among the current squad I think Adam Thompson and Mark Phillips could both do it but we’re also still trying to bring a player to the club on loan.

I’ve spoken to his manager and he’s having the player assessed after a recent injury.

He’s due to resume training today and if he comes through that without suffering any reaction then hopefully he can train with us on Friday and be available for the Chesterfield game.

I don’t want to say too much about who the player in question is but he’s with a Championship club and would be ideal for us while John White is out.

John is working very aggressively on his injury in the gym but there’s still some pain and discomfort in his shoulder.

He is due to have another assessment with the specialist in a couple of weeks so we will know more about the progress he is making then.

But I do think it’s important to have a specialist right-back in during his absence because I think that would also enable us to keep getting the best out of Kevan Hurst.

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