Jon Obika believes St Mirren midfielder Jamie McGrath has ‘the right temperament’ to play at English Premier League level, amid links to Watford.
The Scottish Premiership club will demand a fair fee for McGrath, but manager Jim Goodwin has said he may be available for less than £1 million. Bids have already been thrown out for the Republic of Ireland international who scored 17 goals last season, Premier League side Watford linked with a move.
Obika – who left St Mirren for League One side Morecambe this summer – played alongside McGrath last season and knows of his ability. The 30-year-old striker believes his former teammate will reach the elite level.
He explained to NTOF: “Jamie will definitely play in the Premier League one day. His ability on the ball is excellent and he has the mindset for it. He is very cool, calm and collected. In football sometimes you might not play well, but he is so level.
“He has the right temperament, especially in the middle of the park. Players like Jamie stand out. He is getting assists and goals, so his stats are good. But for the team he was good, he kept us ticking. He was always a threat going forward and he had an engine to go back and forth.
“He can do everything in that midfield area. I can see it happening (McGrath moving to the Premier League). I’m sure supporters of St Mirren will be annoyed that he may leave but they’ll give him good wishes.”
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