Rest revitalises Bulls striker

Barkhuizen: Revitalised

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Hereford boss Jamie Pitman believes an enforced rest for leading scorer Tom Barkhuizen has helped the forward return to form.

Barkhuizen, on loan from Blackpool, tops the club's scoring charts with seven league goals this season but he has failed to start any of the club's last three games.

Pitman insists his relegation to the bench has not been due to the striker's need to prove himself but more to enjoy the benefits of taking a breather.

Pitman said: "When you're a young lad who's 18, comes in and has not really played games at the level he's been playing at - he has shown such an increase in ability and performances that he just started to plateau off a little bit and you have to recognise that sometimes.

"So we pulled him out and drip-fed him back in and he's looked very sharp again and desperate to get back in.

"So that's something you have to consider. The rest has been good for him and if he comes back in then I'm sure he'll be where he was when he left off."