SHANE DUFFY admits nobody is sure of their place under Graham Potter.

The centre-half kept his spot against Bournemouth in the 2-0 win having started against Spurs – but the head coach made seven changes including handing opening scorer Alireza Jahanbakhsh a first Prem start of the season.

Duffy reckons it is a policy that is helping keep the entire squad on tenterhooks for the team announcement.

He said: “It’s important because it’s competitive and keeps everyone improving. It keeps everyone trying to play well and also means it give no one gets a chance to rest on their laurels.

“It keeps everyone on their toe as nobody really knows what the team is going to be until he names it.

“Everyone is pushing in the right direction, though, and that’s what it is about.

“Some people don’t get game time and some are getting more but there is no complaining from anyone. It is all going in the right way and that’s what the manager wants.”

Wholesale changes may freshen the side up but Duffy is not concerned team cohesion could suffer.

He added: “We work together every day. Most of the team has been together for a long time and know each other.

“Personally, you probably don’t feel quite up to match speed like if you were playing ten games in a row but the manager says every day you have got to be ready because he will play anyone.

“You can see that against Bournemouth. Ali has come in out of nowhere so you have got to be ready for anything and I think that has been the mentality he has set from day one.”