Maz Kouhyar Working Hard to Secure a Starting Spot Maz Kouhyar Working Hard to Secure a Starting Spot
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Maz Kouhyar Working Hard to Secure a Starting Spot

Walsall and Afghanistan winger Maziar Kouhyar has spoken to the local press ahead of this weekend's League One trip to Luton Town and discussed several topics, including his desire to earn a regular spot in Dean Keates' starting eleven.
21-year-old Kouhyar, who joined Walsall's youth set up after leaving Coventry City in 2013, revealed that he is working on improving several aspects of his game in order to add to Dean Keates' selection issues, with the gaffer already having Zeli Ismail, Josh Ginnelly, and Kieron Morris vying for starting roles, Maz believes he needs to take any opportunities that come his way.

Maz has made thirty-one first-team appearances since making his debut against Chesterfield in August 2016, bagged a goal during the Saddlers' Checkatrade Trophy victory over Middlesbrough last week, and is determined to force his way into the side.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Maz said; "The next step for me now is to get a regular place. To do that I need to work on my all-round game. I’m not perfect at anything. In training and in the gym, I need to be better in all aspects.

"I need to be impressing when I get my chance and I need to be getting goals and assists. If I do that, the gaffer will give me a chance. It’s a squad game now and we are in a long season.

"Players can be off-form, players can get injured. I’ve got to make sure I am ready when my chance does arrive."

Kouhyar admitted that there is plenty of competition for places, with the likes of loanee Kane Wilson also able to play out wide, but insisted isn’t daunted by the prospect of a battle for places, he continued; "It’s a good thing and I’m enjoying learning from them.

"The competition is good because you always have to be on your A game. You can’t sit off. If I want to get in the first team I have to work harder and play better than the people in front of me."

Maz, who arrived in the UK at the age of two also revealed his belief that the work that he and the team put in at the club's Essington Training Ground is paying off, as the players are one, battling for the same outcome, he added; "We work very hard. We do a lot in training and I feel like it’s paying off.

"All the lads are really tight. There are no groups, everyone is close with each other and I think it’s showing on the pitch. When someone loses the ball, we don’t get on each others back. We try to help each other.

"And then afterwards, if you need to say something, you can say it."
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