Doncaster Rovers: Abdul Razak must alter mindset to flourish here, says Richie Wellens

Abdul Razak in action against Peterborough.
Abdul Razak in action against Peterborough.

Richie Wellens says Abdul Razak must alter his mindset to shine in League One.

The former Manchester City academy graduate has struggled to make an impact at Rovers since joining from Greek club OFI Crete.

Wellens has liked what he has seen of Razak in training but says the 22-year-old midfielder must adapt his game slightly to flourish in the third tier.

“The biggest thing when you’re dropping to this level is not only the players you’re playing with but the players you’re playing against,” said Wellens.

“He’s going up against players who are not really that bothered about getting on the ball. They just want to stop him. That’s a different mindset.

“He’s got to get his head round the fact there’s someone just trying to stop him, and get into different areas and do different things to get his game out.”

Several onlookers see Wellens and Razak as similar players but that is something Wellens dismisses out of hand.

“He’s more of a dribbler, an off-the-cuff player, but I’m more likely to play just sensible passes,” he said.

“He’s more liable to produce bits of skill you’ve never seen before. In training he does flip flaps and all sorts.

“I wouldn’t say he is a holding midfield player but he’s a player in there, without a doubt. If you can get him to go on the pitch and put his skill levels across the right way, he’s a good player.”