Charlton Athletic caretaker manager Lee Bowyer has called on defender Naby Sarr to be more aggressive.
The 24-year-old French-born defender, who is the son of Senegalese footballer Sarr Boubacar, is set to have a breakthrough season with the Addicks.
He was signed by the League One club on a five-year deal from Sporting Lisbon in 2015, but was loaned to French side Red Star during 2016/17 and only served as back up to Jason Pearce and Patrick Bauer in 2017/18.
Sarr scored a late equaliser in a friendly against Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.
“I’ve done many, many finishing sessions with Naby and he is one of the best at the club,” said Bowyer. “He is not a striker but I am pleased for him [with the goal].
“He comes in every day and works so hard. He is such a nice man – if anything too nice.
“We were telling him not to let the striker pull off you and turn because then everyone has got to run 50 yards back. In the first 10 or 15 minutes their 10 was getting it and turning, their striker was turning but in the last 10, 15 or 20 minutes he started to started to do what we were saying.
“Would I like to play against him? No. But he needs to be more aggressive. He has to – he’s a centre-half. But does he have all the attributes? Yes. He have just got to get spitefulness out of him, make him more aggressive.
“He started the second half like a completely different player. He has it all there, we have just got to try and get it out. When we do keep-ball in training his feet are unreal for the size of him. He has all the potential and attributes.”