Leighton James Backs Sam Vokes
Burnley legend Leighton James has backed striker Sam Vokes to take his Championship winning club form into the international arena with Wales at Euro 2016. The Dragons have won Group B and have qualified for the last sixteen of Euro 2016.
Vokes, who was in the starting eleven for the final game in Group B against Russia, also played his part in the other two group B games coming on as a substitute.
However Leighton James, who enjoyed three spells at Turf Moor as well as winning 54 caps for his country, says it should be the Clarets centre forward who leads the line in front of star player Gareth Bale and Arsenal ace Aaron Ramsey.
Speaking about the Clarets centre forward Leighton James said, “I think Sam’s chances of playing are good because Hal Robson-Kanu has been injured a lot recently and personally I don’t see Gareth Bale as your main front man.
Sam is a natural frontman and he’s probably the only one in the squad who’s playing in that role week in, week out. He’s done well after having a bad injury and he’s come back really well and played a prominent part in Burnley’s promotion.
So in terms of psychologically, he’s on a high because he’s done well to get back to his club form and Wales has been a boost, a bit of a bonus for him. So right at this moment in time Sam is as confident in his own ability as anybody else in the squad because he’s overcome so many difficulties.
The game stops of him, in terms of the ball gets knocked up to him and he gets hold of it. Then players like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey can play off Sam Vokes. That’s how I see it clicking.”