Josh Daniels is just what Shrewsbury need now

Shrewsbury’s Josh Daniels has won praise for his ‘aggressive’ wing-back display as Aaron Wilbraham backed boss Steve Cotterill to help develop Daniels in a new role.

Josh Daniels of Shrewsbury Town and Matt O'Riley of Milton Keynes Dons (AMA)
Josh Daniels of Shrewsbury Town and Matt O'Riley of Milton Keynes Dons (AMA)

Northern Irishman Daniels, 25, in his first season at Town, was recalled for a first start in more than two months at right wing-back against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday as Shrewsbury reverted to a 3-5-2 formation.

Daniels, a winger by trade, was brought to the club by Sam Ricketts from Glenavon last summer. He has seen starting opportunities in League One limited but impressed in an unfamiliar role at wing-back under Cotterill.

Daniels is likely to continue in the role for today’s home clash with Fleetwood. Wilbraham, leading Shrews in the absence of Cotterill, believes that, in the long term, he has the ‘ideal’ boss to help develop players in new roles.

“I think that (attack-minded) is what you need in that formation. We want our wing-backs to be aggressive and they did that,” said Wilbraham of Daniels and Nathanael Ogbeta’s performances in midweek. “You could see the pair of them got quite tired late on but that’s because they are young lads and put everything into the game, so fair play to them.

“A lot of people forget he is playing out of position and he has come on in various positions this season.

“I thought he got stuck into the game (on Tuesday) straight from the start.”

Daniels was substituted off with cramp with 15 minutes to go but the management were impressed with the tenacity in his performance as Town do without the absent Donald Love through injury.

It was just the former Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland youth international’s third league start of the campaign.

Wilbraham said of absent boss Cotterill’s ability as a coach: “The gaffer is brilliant at one-to-one coaching and team coaching.

“The one thing I always say about the gaffer to everyone having worked under him at Bristol City is that he gets the best out of every player.

“I’ve never seen a player go in the other direction under the manager, he always gets the best out of players. I think that’s one of his main strengths, how much he can turn a player’s career around.

“He’s done it millions of times. When you talk about moulding young players, he’s the ideal man to do that, definitely.”

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