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Dan Parslow piles on praise for York City prospect Tom Allan
YORK City utility man Dan Parslow is tipping a bright future for teenage team-mate Tom Allan.
Centre-back Allan, 18, is expected to retain his place in City’s starting line-up at Bristol Rovers this afternoon should David McGurk still be missing with a hamstring problem.
And, as a 27-year-old professional who started his career in the centre of defence before switching between that position, right-back and midfield for the Minstermen, Parslow feels the home-grown talent is a promising prospect having seen him help the team keep a clean sheet during last weekend’s 0-0 home draw with Hartlepool.
Parslow said: “(Hartlepool striker) Steve Howard has been around the block and played a lot of football. He’s an experienced pro but I thought Tom, after the first five or ten minutes, worked out what he had and handled him very well.
“He is so young for a centre-half and every game he plays is valuable experience for him because he’s only going to get better. He’s got all the attributes – he’s 6ft 4in and has plenty of time to fill out and get stronger because he’s still quite lean but he’s working hard in the gym, as we all do.
“He’s got a great left foot too and there are not many left- footed centre-halves about so I believe he’s got a big future.”
Parslow might have expected to partner captain Chris Smith at the heart of City’s defence when McGurk was ruled out against Hartlepool. But the Minstermen’s three-time Clubman of the Year was restored to an anchoring role in midfield instead – a position he reckons manager Nigel Worthington regards as his primary one.
On that belief, Parslow said: “TY (McGurk) missed a lot of pre- season and, with injuries and little niggles to personnel, I did find myself playing at the back a fair bit but I think the gaffer sees me more as a central midfielder this season.
“I am happy to play wherever he wants me to and I will get on with it and try to do my best for the team.
“He experimented with 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 in pre-season but went with four in midfield for the start and, obviously, we have some very good midfielders so I found myself out of the team.
“But, when he wanted to revert back to three in there last weekend, I think it was just a matter of that extra bit of security that I provide to protect the back four and let the front five go and win us the game that he wanted.”
Following the likes of his predecessors Billy McEwan, Martin Foyle and Gary Mills, at the start of this season Worthington became the latest Bootham Crescent chief to leave Parslow out of his starting line-up only to swiftly find a place for him again in his XI.
But City’s loyal servant embraced a new challenge to break back into the team, adding: “Everybody wants to play as much football as they can so it was disappointing when I did not start the season.
“In my time, there have been a few managers and I have had my spells out of the side but I just see it as a test of character. I think you just have to show what you are made of, keep working hard, bide your time and, when your chance comes, make sure you are ready.”
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