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Midfielder's ability loved by manager and team-mates

Ludovic Sylvestre has the ability to develop into a star at Blackpool, according to Seasiders Ian Holloway.

The 27-year-old signed for the newly promoted club in the summer from Czech side Mlada Boleslav having started his senior career at Barcelona, and despite only playing sporadically during his stint in the Premier League so far, the midfielder’s ability has won him glowing praise from his manager.

Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette: "I love his football, the way he is on the ball, he plays the French way, just in front of the back four.

"He hasn't got the defensive skills of a Claude Makelele. However, we need to give him the ball more because he is brilliant on it. But he doesn't call for it, so he needs to improve that.

"We keep giving the ball to Charlie Adam and David Vaughan, but we need to give it to Ludo because he has all these things. He can do unbelievable stuff with it.

"The lads love him because he is so wonderful with the ball."

Sylvestre has only completed 90 minutes once for the Tangerines this term but Holloway views the former Sparta Prague midfielder as a long-term contributor to his Bloomfield Road project and insists he will step up to the plate next term when he is fully acclimatised to English football and the language.

"Ludo is fantastic on the ball but he is a little bit off the pace at the minute, as you can see in the second half of the games I've played him in,” added Holloway.

"Because he has no communication yet - he can't speak English brilliantly - he can't do what, say, [assistant] Keith Southern does.

"I need him to develop in that area but I think he will.

"I think next season, when he has had a full pre-season under his belt, he could be awesome and a big player for us."

The midfielder offered a healthy goal return for former club Mlada Boleslav and whilst he is yet to break his duck during his six appearances for Blackpool, his contribution to general play has caught the eye of opposition players according to Holloway.

He added: "After we played at Aston Villa, where Ludo started and absolutely ran the show, [Villa midfielder] Barry Bannan said to me: 'How good is that Sylvestre?'

"Ludo is frustrated because he wants to play every week and that's understandable.

"We have a lot of options in that area, though, but Ludo has a really big part to play for us."

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