Date: 3rd April 2008 at 2:43pm
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Martin O’Neill has said that Wayne Routledge is starting to regain his form and some faith in his ability.

Speaking on the official site O’Neill said that Routledge will soon be ready to have a second chance of fulfilling the potential he showed as a youngster and the recent Blues reserve fixture was hugely promising for the player.

Routledge hasn’t yet tasted first team action since signing in January from Spurs for £1.25 million, but with the teams recent lack of form you have to think he’s closer to his debut – to be honest, he can’t do worse that those MON has stuck with can he.

‘I think Wayne is starting to slowly regain his confidence. He can deliver. He’s got nice feet and a nice turn of pace. He’s getting back to the player we know he can be.

‘It’s definitely a confidence thing. Once you stop going past players, for whatever reason, and maybe someone is telling you to do something different in the game you can find yourself low on confidence.

‘All of that will come back once he’s regularly beating players and knows he can beat players. Once he gets it in his mind that he can, he’ll be fine because that wee turn of pace he has is enough to beat players.’

So the message is Routledge can beat players. With Premiership wages I still wonder what ‘extra’ confidence a player needs?

Throw him in against Bolton along with Salifou and let’s find out eh.