Livingston have announced the signing of Nicky Devlin. The full-back is moving back to Scotland after a two year stint with Walsall down in England.
He made his name at Ayr United before a move to the Saddlers, becoming the Honest Men’s youngest ever captain.
Gary Holt has now managed to secure his services on a free transfer. It’s a brilliant bit of business for the West Lothian side.
Devlin is the perfect RWB
With the three-back formation Livi play, they’ve never really had a settled right wing-back. Steven Lawless, Steve Lawson and Hakeem Odoffin are just some of the players who have been played in that position.
Devlin should fix that problem and become a regular starter. Physically he’s brilliant, with pace a massive part of his game. The fact he doesn’t seem to tire helps him out massively too.
Walsall have deployed a formation with three centre-backs at times this season, so Devlin knows how to play the RWB position. He is also equally comfortable playing as part of four-back formation.
He can get down the line all day and defensively he isn’t too bad either. No attacker will ever be able to fully outrun him on the flank, as most of the time, Devlin outpaces them.
His biggest asset though is commitment. He’d run through a brick wall for the team he is playing for. The full-back pours every ounce of effort he can into a game and is willing to go that extra mile to ensure the club he is playing for is successful.
Devlin is a brilliant signing for Livingston. He fits their system well and is a great addition to Holt’s dressing room.