MIDFIELDER Jack Dyer could have a future for Burton Albion as a marauding right-back.
The 22-year-old is being used in a ‘Cafu’ role for the Brewers’ reserve side – with boss Gary Rowett pleased with his early progress.
He has high hopes Dyer could add another string to his versatile bow.
“We’re seeing Jack in a new Cafu-style role for the reserves,” said the manager, making reference to the swashbuckling Brazilian right-back of the 1990s.
“We potentially see him as having the ability, possibly longer term, to play really well there.
“I’m quite hopeful of that.”
Dyer has found it difficult to nail down a first-team place as the Pirelli Stadium, with the likes of Lee Bell and Robbie Weir ahead of him in the race for a central midfield slot.
However, his versatility and determination have made him an important and useful member of the squad.
He is the only one left at the club out of the quartet of himself, Garyn Preen, Lewis Young and James Ellison signed by former boss Paul Peschisolido in July, 2010 with an eye on the future.
“He’s enjoying the right-back role,” said Rowett. “He played there as a kid for Aston Villa for a season.
“The biggest thing is his energy – it’s something else in training.
“His attitude is perfect.
“Playing at right-back gives him a bit more time on the ball and he’s got good ability to pass it.
“I’ve got quite a lot of bodies in midfield and am trying to find an outlet for his energy.”
Dyer’s fitness levels and attitude towards running have impressed the manager, who feels they are perfect for an attacking full-back.
“What he does is get up and down the pitch - he’s a real attacking right-back,” said Rowett.
“It’s just a case of knowing the position and learning the position.
“If we get to a point where he can play anywhere, it’s a fantastic asset - and he’s a great lad to have around and in the squad.
“His ambition is more than that but we really value it and value people who turn up for training and give their all day in, day out.”