GARY Rowett has been impressed with the form of centre-half Marcus Holness in the early part of the season.
The 24-year-old defender has played every minute of the first nine games of the season – his best run of starts since he arrived at the Pirelli Stadium last season.
With the signings of Ian Sharps and Phil Edwards in the summer, plus the presence of star man Zander Diamond, Holness might not have been expected to have such an important early role.
But with Diamond injuring his foot in pre-season, Holness got the nod alongside Sharps.
And with Sharps now banned for three matches, the ex-Rochdale man should extend his run.
“The only one thing at the minute that you could say about Marcus is because he’s not a natural left footer, occasionally on that side, with good possession, you aren’t going to be able to take full advantage of that,” said Rowett.
“But everything else he’s done, he’s done really, really well.
“You can’t really fault him at the moment – he’s aggressive, he’s quick and he heads the ball well.”
Rowett is still looking for a naturally left-sided central defender.
But with Holness’ form, the need for another centre-half is not too pressing.
“There’s no desperate need but we’re always looking to add more balance in certain areas,” said the Albion boss.