NEW boy Jordan Laidler believes Chester FC have more than enough quality to turn around their Skrill Premier season and compete with the league’s best sides.
The 18-year-old joined Neil Young’s charges on loan from Premier League Sunderland last Friday and put in an impressive debut performance in their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.
Despite the Blues’ disappointing start to life in non-league football’s top tier, Laidler has seen enough to suggest better times are around the corner.
“There is some real quality at this football club and I think that the start that has been made doesn’t tell the whole story,” said Laidler, who was called up to the Sunderland first-team squad by Paolo Di Canio at the back end of last season.
“There is a real desire to do well in this league and I think that when things click, we will start to win games and pick up points.
“There is no way that we should be struggling down the bottom end of the league but we have had a tough run of games to start and it has been a baptism of fire for the lads.
“To lose on my debut was disappointing but I thought we moved the ball round well at times and really took the game to Kidderminster.”
A product of Sunderland’s academy system, Laidler revealed his move to the Deva Stadium came out of the blue and how it was a chance he was keen to grab with both hands.
“Kevin Ball (reserve team manager at Sunderland) called me in on Thursday and said that Chester were interested and I just jumped at the chance to join them,” he said.
“For me it was a great chance to get some games under my belt against strong opposition and gain some vital experience.
“I’m a direct player and like to get the ball down, play and make things happen and that is what I will be looking to do while I’m here at Chester.
“We have a big few games coming up, particularly the game against Wrexham, and I'll be looking to make a big impression.
“The plan is to stay here for as long a I can and help the club pull themselves up the league, where they should be.”
North Shields-born Laidler also revealed the reality of working under Di Canio, stating his desire to use his time on loan at the Deva to further his chances of forcing his way into the Italian’s future plans.
“Paolo is just as you see on the TV, he is a real character but someone who is great to work under,” said Laidler.
“He has been there and done it at the highest level with some of the biggest clubs in the world.
“It was amazing when he called me up to the first-team squad for the two games last season and it is something that I want to experience more of.
“Hopefully, by performing well here at Chester I can try and force my way into the Sunderland side in the future. That’s the aim.”