BRIAN FLYNN has identified Wales midfielder Jason Koumas as Tranmere's dangerman against Wrexham at Prenton Park tonight - the first game between the two clubs for 12 years.
Koumas, the subject of a recent £1.5m bid by First Division West Bromwich Albion, has hit a rich vein of form and has scored in each of Tranmere's last two games.
The skilful 21-year-old, who was born in Wrexham, has also been linked with Scottish champions Celtic and big-spending Manchester City, but he has decided to remain with the Birkenhead-based club that nurtured him.
"Jason is a good player. He's got ability on the ball - he can see a pass and deliver it," said Flynn, a former midfielder himself.
"He's also a good dribbler. He can run at players with the ball at his feet and there aren't many players who can do that today. I wouldn't want to compare Jason with Paul Gascoigne but he's got the ability to go past players and he's similar to Gazza in that respect."
Added Flynn, who will leave The Racecourse at the end of this season when his contract expires, "As a Welshman, I'm delighted Jason has chosen to play for Wales.
"He can definitely play at a higher level. There was talk during the summer that he was going to leave Tranmere but he's still there and all credit to the club for holding onto him."
But the Red Dragons' manager insists Dave Watson's side is not a oneman band.
"There's good experience in the Tranmere team. They've got Steve Yates at the back and Gareth Roberts is an exciting full-back," he added.
"Sean Flynn and Mickey Mellon are both experienced midfielders and Stuart Barlow will always score goals for you. Tranmere are one of my favourites to win promotion."
Barlow bagged a hat-trick in the victory over County, while Watson will be boosted by the return of 37-year-old striker Paul Rideout, who has missed the start of the season with a series of injuries.
Rideout scored four times in Tranmere's 5-4 victory over Wrexham at reserve team level on Wednesday.
As for Flynn, he has to lift his players after Tuesday's 3-2 defeat at Chesterfield when they lost to a 90th-minute goal after clawing back a two-goal deficit. "We weren't at our best, but we showed a lot of spirit to come back to 2-2," he said.
"Losing Martyn Chalk may have affected the result, but we have played with nine men this season and got a result (against Colchester at The Racecourse).
"But my lads will be all right for this game. The fans regard it as a derby and the match will feel a bit like a cup-tie."
Chalk's red card at Saltergate for two bookable offences was his second of the season - he was also sent off against Colchester - but Flynn has defended his midfielder.
"He went for a mis-timed tackle. If a player can't make a tackle then there's no point him being on the pitch," he said. "I'm not upset with Martyn. I want him to be committed and to win balls on the field."
The last time Wrexham made the trip to Prenton Park was in March 1989 when Dixie McNeil's side lost 2-1 in a Fourth Division clash.