Simon Grayson believes that Preston North End winger Chris Humphrey has performed a ‘demanding role’ very well so far this season.
The 26-year-old appears to have added some consistency to his game this term after a somewhat hit-and-miss first campaign at Deepdale.
He has found the net twice and signed off for international duty by turning in a man-of-the-match performance against Sheffield United last week.
PNE boss Grayson told the Evening Post: “We worked hard with Chris over the summer and have continued that since the season started.
“We have added little bits to his game and he is playing with a lot of confidence, thriving on some of the work we have been doing with him.
“When you have a player like Chris, you have to give him as much of the ball as possible.
“It is a demanding role for him because of the way he plays – the speed and intensity.
“But he is causing teams a lot of problems and long may that continue. Chris can be a big threat with his quality on the ball in those wide areas.”
Humphrey won’t be back with his PNE team-mates until later next week because of his international commitments.
He is with the Jamaica squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Canada in Toronto.
His international career has been revived over the last few months by a number of appearances for the Reggae Boyz. And Jamaica have a big year ahead with the Gold Cup and Copa America tournaments to play in.
Humphrey will return to Preston in time for the visit to Walsall a week today, with that game swiftly followed by a home clash with Chesterfield a week on Tuesday.
On the international front, North End defender Bailey Wright is still waiting for his first cap with Australia.
Wright, who was in the Socceroos’ World Cup squad but did not get a game in Brazil, was an unused sub for Thursday’s friendly against Belgium in Liege.
It was initially reported that the 22-year-old had come on later in the second half to replace Tim Cahill.
But it was in fact Brad Smith, on loan at Swindon from Liverpool, who had come on as Cahill’s replacement.
There is another chance for Wright to make his Aussie debut on Tuesday night in a friendly against Saudi Arabia at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.
It might be that he is being held back after being troubled by a niggling groin injury in the opening weeks of the season.
He was not in the PNE squad for the Capital One Cup game at Middlesbrough and was then left on the bench for the Sheffield United game.
There is likely to be some international action for North End right-back Scott Wiseman tomorrow.
Gibraltar will make history by playing their first competitive qualifier since being accepted as UEFA’s 54th nation. That comes against Poland in Faroe – Gib having to play their home games for the time being in Portugal.
Wiseman is one of three English players in their squad, qualifying for Gib as his mum was born there.