Northampton Town striker Clive Platt can show the Championship what it’s missing when the Cobblers entertain Cardiff on Tuesday, according to Dion Dublin, who claims the ex-Coventry man needs to hit the ground running.
Platt, 34, made 33 appearances during Coventry’s ill-fated campaign last season but jumped at the chance to join up with former boss Aidy Boothroyd at the Sixfields over the summer.
Northampton’s first match of the season comes in the Capital One Cup when Malky Mackay brings his Bluebirds to the Midlands, looking to get another successful campaign up and running, having reached the final last term – only to lose on penalties to Liverpool.
And Dublin, who scored 61 goals in 145 appearances for Coventry, believes it gives Platt, along with new signings Ishmel Demontagnac and Luke Guttridge the perfect platform to kick-start their Cobblers careers.
“It is all about starting well and if that is through a cup game, so be it,” said Dublin.
“It is very important to get new players bedded in and getting them playing in the right way so that the manager is happy.
“Also, getting the fans through the door is crucial so that they can enjoy the way their team is playing.”
And Dublin, who reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup on two occasions when playing for Cambridge United, believes there will be a meeting of great minds when Boothroyd and Mackay pit their wits against each other, claiming he sees no reason why Town can’t spring a surprise.
“I never worked under Aidy Boothroyd, but he is in the same category as Malky Mackay – they all have a similar way of playing,” he added.
“It is all about adapting to which system works best on the day in order move forward. Sometimes over the season, you can drop your guard and get away with it.
“In a cup competition, you just can’t. This competition should definitely be something that these teams want to win so that they have some silverware – both as a club and individual players.
“I’m not surprised to see Aidy Boothroyd move down to Northampton. A lot of them are in a similar situation. They just love the game of football and want to manage players that really want to be successful.
“Whether that is in League Two or the Premier League that doesn’t matter. That is what it is about.”
Dion Dublin was talking on behalf of Capital One, the credit card company and new sponsors of The League Cup. Round 1 of the Capital One Cup takes place from 11th to 14th August.