Chris the ‘new Carrick’

by Gazette Reporter

A LOT of people, certainly a lot of St Patrick’s Athletic fans anyway, would have told you Chris Forrester would settle quite well in England when his move to Peterborough United was announced at the end of August.
But even the Smithfield native’s most hardened supporters would have been surprised at him being compared to Michael Carrick just two months into his time in English football.
Well the comparisons have come and they arrived from the mouth of Forrester’s manager Graham Westley. Speaking this week, Westley said: “There’s so much Michael Carrick in him it’s scary. You look at the likes of Carrick, an intelligent player, reads the game brilliantly well, owns, keeps and passes the ball in the right way – he’s got so many of the characteristics.”
The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, now aged 22, has began his life in League One well, scoring two goals in 13 games and earning plenty of praise from Posh fans on social media. The comparison to Carrick may sound quite strange as Forrester has always displayed a much more attacking style than the England midfielder, but Westley must have seen proof to make the comparison.
“Could you see him being even better? He probably gets more goals than Carrick – he’s a great player in the making,” added Westley in his praise for the Dubliner. At the moment, the former Saints man has a long way to go to matching the Man United’s midfielder’s achievements.
Carrick can boast five Premier League titles, one Champions League medal and one League Cup medal. During his time at Richmond Park, Forrester managed one League of Ireland title, one FAI Cup medal, and played a part in the club’s run-up to their League Cup success this season but had moved on by the time the final against Galway was played.
He added stats to back up his praise and also pointed out what he thinks Forrester can improve on to make an even stronger impression across the Irish Sea. “You look at the stats from last weekend’s game (a 4-0 win vs Doncaster), he was up near the 70-pass mark,” said Westley.
“I think he’s got a lot more in him. As he learns the diamond shape and improves his physical condition he’ll get on the ball even more. We’ve seen what he can do in terms of arriving in the box and scoring goals, we’ve his passing, he’s such a composed individual, he’s a cracking player.”
When Forrester joined United, Dave Robertson was actually in charge at the club but was soon replaced by Westley and since then, the 22-year-old has started all eight games the club have played.

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