Thursday, 9 January 2020

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Zak Jules Pushing to Secure a Permanent Starting Spot

Walsall defender Zak Jules has spoken ahead of this weekend's League Two clash between the Saddlers and Cheltenham Town and is looking to kick on after making his first start since November against Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.
22-year-old Jules, who entered a strong performance against League One Pompey in midweek, has had to battle to earn a recall after watching his defensive colleagues put in a string of strong displays.

Zak has made nineteen first-team appearances since joining on a free transfer from Macclesfield Town in the summer, and insisted he will continue to pressure his teammates as he seeks to secure a permanent spot in Darrell Clarke's starting eleven.

Speaking via the club's official website, Zak said; "The boys have done brilliantly. The likes of Scarrsy, he's come on leaps and bounds, he's been a brick wall. It's brilliant to watch.

"Sads as well, you can't tell his age one bit, and also James Clarke. There's plenty of competition but that's down to me to put my all in and when I get that opportunity, I need to showcase what I can do and push for a place in the team.

"There is some quality back there, they are doing well and we have kept a lot of clean sheets this season. It's down to me to push the other lads and put on the pressure."

The narrow defeat to Portsmouth, which saw summer signing Caolan Lavery net his ninth goal of the season, was the Saddlers' first defeat of 2020 as the Reds started the New Year with victories over Leyton Orient and Salford City.

Jules is keen to see the Saddlers build upon their strong start to the New Year and insisted he and his teammates are working to win games on a more consistent basis.

Zak added; "There's no point playing football if you don't want to win games. Every single one of those boys in there want to win football matches. We've started 2020, the New Year, in that fashion.

"You start as you mean to go on, so hopefully we can find a certain level of consistency and pick up a lot more points in the second half of the season.

"Keep pushing up that table and at the end of the season see where we are. What will be, will be. We just have to pick up maximum points and see what happens."

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