Goalkeeper, Shwan Jalal, admits the recent performances of Sam Ramsbottom will have given his manager a selection headache going into the game away at Fylde next weekend.
Jalal, who served the last of his three-game ban during the clubs FA Trophy tie at Halifax last week, has been left more than impressed by his replacement in the side.
Ramsbottom made the switch to Moss Rose after the departure of Billy O’Brien in September. Whilst his performances have been limited up to now, he has performed admirably when called upon.
Now the experienced Jalal, Speaking to Silkmen TV during a rare free weekend for Macclesfield, says it is important that he continues to work hard to push his own case for a selection.
He said: “Sam’s come in and done really well and he’s given the manager a lot to think about that’s for sure.
“I’ve got a job on myself now to try and stake a claim to play in the Fylde game next week and, hopefully, be a part of the squad again.
“I think every member of this side is more than capable of coming in and doing a job and Sam is no different. It’s up to me now to win my place back and be ready if the manager calls upon me.”
Despite the praise for his teammate, Jalal did go on to admit that missing games through suspension was frustrating for him.
“We were disappointed to lose the Halifax game and it was, potentially, more frustrating for me because I was forced to watch.
“However, we were on a long unbeaten run before that, so we don’t need to get too down about it. It’s all about picking ourselves up.
“All of us will take it on the chin and move on to Fylde next week.”
By Steven Dale.