St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson has paid tribute to the attitude and work ethic shown by striker Guy Melamed in what has been a difficult start to life in Perth.

The player has only made one start for the Saints so far this season. He has deal to deal with off-field issues such as having to self-isolate, and his girlfriend having to leave the country.

Impressed with player

Despite those obstacles, Melamed has been working very hard in training. Davidson has been so impressed with the player that he is eager to get him back into the first-team as soon as the opportunity arises.

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St Johnstone striker Guy Melamed (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He’s eager and desperate to get a game. I’ll need to assess it and look at the squad and see where we are” he said (The Courier).

“I give him a lot of credit because he’s not stopped and he’s asking for extra. He’s desperate to do well, and we’ll probably see him on the pitch soon. I’m really pleased with his attitude, as I am with all the players.” Davidson concluded.

Not easy for 28-year-old

Davidson revealed that it hasn’t been easy for the player moving to a new country in the middle of a pandemic. The 28-year-old joined the Saints from Israeli side Maccabi Netanya in the summer. However, the player has remained upbeat despite the difficulties.

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St Johnstone players warm up ahead of a game (Photo by Sammy Turner/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Its not just football. It’s the outside influences which have made it really hard. So credit to him for keeping his chin up” Davidson said.

St Johnstone are next in action against Dundee United on Saturday. Melamed hasn’t featured in St Johnstone’s last two league games. It will be interesting to see if he does against United after Davidson’s glowing praise.

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