Vokes can shine in the Premier '“ Coleman

Wales coach Chris Coleman believes striker Sam Vokes can star in the Premier League should the Clarets secure promotion to the top flight.

Thursday, 31st March 2016, 5:23 pm
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The 26-year-old has been away on international duty with the Dragons this week, featuring for 76 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium before getting half-an-hour in the 1-0 loss to Ukraine at RSK Olimpiyskyi.

The Welshman won his 39th cap for his nation in those friendlies with a game against Sweden still to come before their Euro 2016 Group B campaign gets underway against Slovakia at Stade Matmut-Atlantique (Bordeaux) on June 11th.

“I think he’s good enough to play in the Premier League,” said Coleman.

“He’s a different type if you think of Premier League strikers, there’s not many like Sam. We’re not really a 4-4-2 team that gets wide and crosses. We need to cross a bit more, especially when he’s playing because he likes attacking a cross. We normally build-up play and slide passes.

“If we play to his strengths when he’s on the pitch a little bit more in the last third, when we throw the ball into the box and trust him, he’ll get on the end of a lot of crosses.

“He’s very strong, very powerful, has good timing and when he’s at his best and he’s fittest he’s a handful for any centre-back.”

Vokes missed half of last season after recovering from a ruptured cruciate knee ligament, and Coleman is backing the forward to break his Premier League duck on the goals front.“For Sam, he missed that (Premier League) season with his knee injury. I think he sees it now as wanting to make up for that season. Burnley have a great chance of being promoted and if they do I don’t see Sam being a third-or-fourth-choice striker.”