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Ben Marshall set for top flight - Carlisle boss Abbott

Ben Marshall
Marshall made 20 appearances at Carlisle during a loan spell last season

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott has tipped winger Ben Marshall to become a success in the top flight if handed the opportunity at parent club Stoke City.

Marshall, 19, has been at Brunton Park since August, and has scored four goals from 34 appearances in his second loan spell at the club.

"I would recommend to Tony [Pulis] that they really have a serious look at him," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"He possibly could be a Premier League player next season."

The Salford-born wideman, who can also operate as a striker, netted as part of a forward three alongside Rory Loy and Craig Curran in the Cumbrians' 3-1 win at Charlton on Tuesday.

Abbott's side featured five players under the age of 25, with 30-year-old Danny Livesey the most senior player in the squad.

"We keep saying to the players, we hope you have as much belief in yourselves as we do in you," Abbott continued.

"This is why we need to keep encouraging these lads, keep supporting them, because they are only babies, some of them and they're inexperienced.

"We know what they need and know what the club needs, and we're trying like mad to improve on it.

"Give them their due, every week they've given an absolutely honest shift, and the performance tonight, they grew into it, and belief got stronger and stronger and in the end we won the game a tad cosily."

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see also
Carlisle return excites Marshall
08 Sep 10 |  Carlisle
Carlisle sign Marshall & Michalik
31 Aug 10 |  Carlisle
Carlisle seal double striker deal
01 Feb 10 |  Carlisle
Marshall wants Premier League bow
04 Jan 10 |  Stoke

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