NEIL Young has warned the teams trying to chase down Chester FC at the top of the Blue Square Bet North that the best is yet to come from star midfielder Antoni Sarcevic.
Sarcevic’s sensational form has helped the Blues open up a massive 15-point lead at the summit.
But after scoring his fourth goal in as many matches in the New Year’s Day win at Droylsden, the league’s newly named player of the month has been tipped to get even better by his seriously impressed boss.
Chester manager Young said: “His form has been excellent but he can definitely get better as you’ve got to remember he’s only 20.
“I think he was playing in his best position against Droylsden, just off the front, although his discipline in a two this season has been fantastic.
“One of the criticisms aimed at him when he was younger was that he was a bit of a free spirit and that he could not play in a two in the middle.
“But this season he has proved he can. His discipline has been top drawer and he has a formed a formidable partnership with Ashley Williams.
“But longer term, I think his best position will be as a second striker. At times he was unplayable against Droylsden.”
Sarcevic recently penned a new 18-month contract with the Blues.
But no-one at the Exacta Stadium would be surprised if a full-time club showed an interest in the strong and skilful Mancunian now the January transfer window is open for business.
Sarcevic, who is up to 12 goals for the campaign, has played professionally before.
The former Woodley Sports man was at Crewe Alexandra for a year before the then League Two outfit allowed him to join Chester in November 2011.
“We had to get him back positive because when he did come he was a bit down in the dumps with what had happened at Crewe,” said Young, whose decision to move Sarcevic from the wing to a more central position this season has paid off handsomely.
“We’ve built his confidence up and he’s a fantastic player who’s going to get even better.
“If there is a better player in this division, I haven’t seen him yet. He’s got power, he’s got pace and he’s got goals.”
Young, meanwhile, is planning more changes to his squad.
But one player who is staying is midfielder Nathan Turner, who marked his full debut for the club with the goal of the game against Droylsden.
The young midfielder has had his loan from Leeds United extended by a month.