BILLY Kee’s return to scoring form could give Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett a selection headache.
The 22-year-old striker celebrated his recall with the only goal of the game against his former club Accrington Stanley at the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday.
Rowett was delighted with the impact made by Kee and claimed: “If Billy continues to play like he did at the weekend, he’s still going to have a big part to play this season.”
Kee grabbed the only goal against Stanley in the 10th minute to finish off a well-worked move involving Jacques Maghoma and fellow striker Calvin Zola.
“I thought it was a fantastic goal from the moment Jacques got in a cross he had no right to make,” said Rowett.
“Billy took the goal really well and looked much more like the player we saw when he joined the club last season.
“I thought he generally looked sharp and there were occasions when we had a little bit more control in the final third of the pitch where he looked as though he might get himself another goal.
“I was really pleased with his contribution, and when he’s in that form he makes it difficult for me to leave him out.”
However, Rowett has recently indicated a preference for a 4-5-1 formation away from home with Zola operating as a lone targetman.
The system served Albion well in the second round of the FA Cup when they successfully protected an early goal by Zola to snatch a surprise win away to League One side Crewe Alexandra.
Kee was an unused substitute at Gresty Road — and Rowett now has to decide whether he can accommodate the striker in his team for Saturday’s tough trip to in-form Chesterfield.
Rowett said: “It’s all about coming up with what I think is the best team on the day.
“Someone can play well in one game, but there is no guarantee they will be involved from the start in the next one.
“I know some people might think that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but first and foremost I have to pick the team I believe can win us the game.
“Our away form generally hasn’t been as good as we would like, but the result at Crewe certainly gives us food for thought.”
The Brewers boss expects midfielder Robbie Weir to recover from a dead leg in time for Saturday’s game at the Proact Stadium.
Rowett said: “Robbie managed to battle through it but took a whack near the end.
“That’s why we took him off straight away because we couldn’t afford to have him hobbling around in the last few minutes as we tried to protect our lead.”
The Brewers boss also revealed Zola played despite a groin injury that had prevented him training in the build-up to the Accrington game.
ALBION season ticket holders have been offered a cut-price deal to watch the FA Cup third round tie against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on January 5.
Adult season ticket holders, including senior citizens, will be charged £10 and under-18s will pay £5.
Ticket prices for non-season ticket holders are £12 and £6 respectively.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting Burton Albion on 01283 565938, or by visiting the club shop at the Pirelli Stadium.
Season ticket holders must purchase their ticket from Albion in advance of the match.
Non-season ticket holders can purchase their ticket in advance from the Pirelli Stadium or on the day of the game at the King Power Stadium.
Albion fans wishing to travel to Leicester on an official coach can reserve their seats by visiting the club shop or by telephoning the number above.
Coaches depart the Pirelli Stadium at 1pm and the fare is £6.