VIDEO: Meet Boston United's answer to Claude Makelele
Conor Marshall is relishing his new midfield role at Boston United, revealing he has dreamt of playing in the position since he was a child.
Marshall was expecting to be battling it out for the right-back spot with Peter Bore this season.
But after midfielder Gary Mills picked up an Achilles injury on the eve of the season, Marshall was slotted into the middle of the park by manager Dennis Greene.
Marshall has taken to his new role like a duck to water and delivered another commanding display in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Worcester. He even set up Boston’s opening goal, scored by Marc Newsham.
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“The gaffer has stuck me in there and it has worked. It’s a position that I’m taking game by game, but I am enjoying it,” said Marshall.
“Ever since I was a little boy I’ve wanted to play in midfield, but I’ve never had the chance. Now I’ve been given that chance, I’m determined to take it.
Marshall has been such a hit in the position, he has even been dubbed Boston’s answer to legendary holding midfielder Claude Makelele, who starred for Real Madrid and Chelsea in his heyday.
“A couple of the lads have called me ‘the ‘white Makelele’, he joked.“I’ll definitely take compliments like that. It’s a new position for me, but I’m determined to learn it as well as possible.”