Michael O’Neill has vowed to sort out the left-back situation at Stoke City – whenever he gets the chance in the current crisis.
The Stoke boss dropped a heavy hint that he would be after a new left back in the summer transfer window.
The timing of such a move is now up in the air because of the coronavirus crisis, of course, but his aim would appear to remain the same.
And while he has complimented Bruno Martins Indi’s efforts at left back, he clearly doesn’t see him as the long-term solution to his desire for full backs with attacking energy.
And that, in turn, could have ramifications for Martins Indi’s future at the club – just a few months after he very nearly left at the end of the January transfer window.
Speaking on the left-back situation, O’Neill said: “We do have one in Stephen Ward (out of contract on June 30).
“Josh Tymon was out on loan when I came to the club and he’s come back, but found it difficult to push his way into the team.
“Bruno is maybe not a natural attacking left back, but he used to play left of a back three in Holland, so playing on the left of a four isn’t asking too much of him.
“If I’m honest, Bruno looks more comfortable at left back than centre half in the Championship.”
“The left-back situation is something we will look at going forward though.”