Dec 19 2013 by Nick Hilton, Main WIR
NO-ONE in the Tranmere squad can express themselves as eloquently with a football as Jason Koumas.
The former Wales international pass master is described as being “unplayable” when on the ball by Rovers assistant manager John McMahon.
However, McMahon says Koumas is also finding a voice – a voice of quiet authority – in the Prenton Park dressing room and becoming an ever more influential figure among the players.
McMahon said: “When Jason is on the ball he can sometimes be unplayable. The technique he has for coming out of a tight situation with the ball, seeing passes and changing the play was evident in our last game at Carlisle.
“He brings a quality other teams have not got. He is showing why he has played at a high level. As he gets fitter and stronger he will produce more and more for us.”
The former Wales international midfielder, who returned to the professional game with Rovers in the summer following a two-year absence, is in line to make his 14th senior appearance of the campaign against Gillingham at Prenton Park tomorrow and is building up his levels of fitness and sharpness with every game.
McMahon reckons Koumas, 34, is also demonstrating leadership in the dressing room.
“Jason has a good way of communicating with players,” McMahon said. “He is not a shouter.
“It is more of an arm around the shoulder and a quiet word in the ear.
“That’s the type of person Jason is and he is starting to show that more and more and is having more of an impact and influence on the changing room.
“Just because he is quiet does not mean he does not care. Far from it. He probably cares more than most being a local lad.”