Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that midfielder Sessi D'Almeida should be the subject of interest from Championship scouts, and that he is even capable of playing in the Premier League. The 22 year old had brief experience at second tier level during the 2016-17 season whilst on the books of Barnsley, but suffered a serious knee injury that saw his time at Oakwell curtailed, whilst he only lasted a season with Blackpool in League One last season.
Despite that, Way believes that D'Almeida's early season performances, that have seen him start in every League Two fixture, and put in several Man of the Match performances, have made him stand out in the Glovers side. He told BBC Somerset that he expected second tier scouts to be taking an interest in him, and that his career could go higher than Yeovil's current status:
"He can be very good. Perhaps if I was a scout or an agent I would be very interested in Sessi. That would probably go as far as the Championship. I know it's a bold statement but I do feel that he could play in the Premier League with his enthusiasm and his energy. He's 22 years of age, so he's got time on his side."
Way added that D'Almeida's work ethic was rubbing off on his teammates, and meant that players around him would also up their game as a result:
"He's got great values and they probably rub off on other players. It's not often that you find someone that is so committed, wearing the badge in the way that he wears the badge. It's total pride. There's a lot of hard work that goes on. It sets the tone. When he's involved in and around the dressing room, his character rubs off on individuals, and he's a very good player."
Having set a target towards the end of the 2017-18 campaign as aiming for a top seven finish this season, Way appears to have upgraded those aspirations, following the early start to the season, that sees them lying in fifth place in the League Two table. Way now says there is talk within the group of an automatic promotion position:
"I could talk about every player. So many players have contributed in their own way. I just feel as a team everybody is accountable. This group is very ambitious and they want to be in the top three. We played a team on Saturday that have all the intentions of being a top three team and we dismantled them. We know every week is going to be different. We're not there yet, but all we keep doing is making sure that every day we improve our performance."
One of the features of the club's results so far this year has been their defensive record. The Glovers are currently on a run of six first team matches without conceding a goal, with five of those coming in League Two. That leaves them just eight minutes away from creating their longest shutout in Football League fixtures. However, Way believes the reason for that defensive record lies higher up the field of play:
"I'll be honest with you, we've not really worked on defending this year. That's the most amazing thing about it. It's probably the least I've worked on defending this year, than any other year. That's perhaps a lot of credit and a lot of confidence towards our strikers, and working on our forward play, which causes teams to drop, playing in their half rather than our half. So there's many aspects and many ways of looking at it. But it has to be a team credit and the whole team has to take credit."
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