City’s summer business has bolstered Kennedy’s side with options, and the head coach praised the squad for how this has raised levels in the camp.
“Ultimately someone is going to be pleased and somebody is going to be disappointed. I look at it in a really positive way though – the group has been outstanding in how they’ve trained.
“The standards are really high, people are pushing each other, and there’s a big difference between where we are today and where we were last year for sure.”
Kennedy is keenly aware however of the threat an unbeaten Blackpool side will pose, with the Tangerines yet to concede a goal this season.
“It’s nice to have a home game. It’s a big game, against an excellent side, with an outstanding young manager. It couldn’t be a tougher game for sure.
The Tangerines been dealt a blow after Kyle Joseph was ruled out for ‘months rather than weeks’ by manager Neil Critchley.
He suffered a hamstring injury and has so far been limited to just one Carabao Cup appearance since joining from Swansea City. The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at League One rivals, but fans will have to wait a while before seeing him again, which will surely force Critchley into making a move in the remaining seven days of the summer transfer window.
Joseph is one of two players out with Jordan Gabriel suffering from an injury from last season.
He suffered his second serious knee injury in the space of just six months, having suffered a meniscus tear in his knee last October. Gabriel is closing in on a return to full training but Saturday is too soon.