Lewes FC’s Michael Klass is developing into one of the best midfielders in the Isthmian Premier League and has much further to go, says manager Tony Russell.
Klass joined Lewes last summer after having enjoyed a stint at Southend United earlier in his career.
The combative midfielder has gone on to make 24 appearances for the Rooks this season, and scored twice in last weekend’s 4-1 victory at Enfield Town.
And Russell reckons the 22-year-old Londoner has plenty more to prove after rediscovering his confidence at the Dripping Pan.
Reflecting on the Enfield victory, the boss said: “I was just delighted for Michael, the emergence of him has been unbelievable.
“He came out of Southend and like with many players who we’ve got in from pro clubs, the confidence was a bit battered.
“Like with Ollie Tanner, sometimes it takes other people a little more time and it’s certainly taken Klassy a little while to warm up, but I think we’re seeing in the last couple of months every game he’s getting better and better.”
Klass boasts three goals for the Rooks this season and has also picked up five yellow cards, including a red in the FA Trophy.
His presence has helped Lewes go on a run of four wins from their last five league outings.
And Russell reckons there’s much more to come from the ex-QPR trainee.
“For me I don’t think there are many better midfielders than him in our league,” added Russell.
“He’s outstanding. You look at him: strong as an ox, good in the air, unbelievable feet, a fighter of the ball and a brilliant football brain.
“I think there’s more to come from him from what I’ve seen in training.
“There’s maybe 10 minutes where he just goes a little bit silly or immature, and I think he’s still got a little bit more growing to do. But I’m so excited to be working with him and we’re very lucky to have him.”