Ollie sings Sylvestre praise

Blackpool boss believes French midfielder will become major force

Sylvestre: Earned Holloway's praise

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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has hailed Ludovic Sylvestre, believing he will become a major force for the Seasiders next term.

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The 27-year-old has only started six games for Holloway's side since a switch from Czech club Mlada Boleslav last summer.

But the Blackpool boss has backed the French midfielder to really push on once he gets up to pace and also improves his English.

Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette: "Ludo is fantastic on the ball but he is a little bit off the pace at the minute, as you can see in the second half of the games I've played him in.

"Because he has no communication yet - he can't speak English brilliantly - he can't do what, say, Keith Southern does.

Develop

"I need him to develop in that area but I think he will.

"I think next season, when he has had a full pre-season under his belt, he could be awesome and a big player for us.

"I love his football, the way he is on the ball. He plays the French way, just in front of the back four."

Holloway added: "He hasn't got the defensive skills of a Claude Makelele. However, we need to give him the ball more because he is brilliant on it. But he doesn't call for it, so he needs to improve that.

"We keep giving the ball to Charlie Adam and David Vaughan, but we need to give it to Ludo because he has all these things. He can do unbelievable stuff with it.

Love him

"The lads love him because he is so wonderful with the ball."

Holloway revealed former Blackpool loan star Barry Bannan is also an admirer of Sylvestre.

The Blackpool boss added: "After we played at Aston Villa, where Ludo started and absolutely ran the show, Barry Bannan said to me, 'How good is that Sylvestre?'

"Ludo is frustrated because he wants to play every week and that's understandable.

"We have a lot of options in that area, though, but Ludo has a really big part to play for us."

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