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Simply the best - Pep on Max

Maxime Colin
Maxime Colin

I think he is playing with a lot of confidence, he is finding himself in a really nice moment. I want to encourage him to keep like that.

Pep Clotet.

Pep Clotet has sung the praises of Maxime Colin, who scored the winning goal against Blackburn Rovers.

The French full-back is currently at the top of his game and underlining his credentials - perhaps not always widely recognised - as one of the EFL's most accomplished in his position.

Could he be the best right-back in the league currently? That was the question put to Clotet after the Rovers victory.

"If you ask me if he’s the best right-back in the league, yes," said Clotet, before adding with a smile "because, for me, Harlee Dean is the best captain and best left centre-back in the league - the same for every player!

"But I think he is playing very well. He is defending well and when he goes forward, he goes smartly, he goes quick. He can get to those positions (to score).

"I think he is playing with a lot of confidence, he is finding himself in a really nice moment. I want to encourage him to keep like that.

"But at the same time a lot of the other players are.

"An important thing for me is I see the team is enjoying playing together. If they enjoy playing together that will help our fans enjoy what they see."

It has been noticeable that as Clotet has shaped the team in the past few weeks to a different, effective and settled style, Colin's attacking prowess has really come to the fore, arguably more so than since he joined the Club.

Asked about releasing the shackles off Colin, Clotet replied: "I don’t want to give too much away (tactically).

"In the way that we play the full-backs have a role that serve as outlets. You saw that very clearly against Charlton Athletic.

"I think the teams works well to clear them that space and you saw it against Blackburn - as well Kristian Pedersen made a massive step forward in that role in the first-half.

"I think that helps Maxime to have a clear role offensively - and he contributes a lot offensively."

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