The Goal from Tammy against Blackburn Rovers could have been Raheem Sterling for Manchester City.
The spine of the team now is “Premier League” class with Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, John McGinn, Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham and add to that the graft and experience of Glenn Whelan and the flashes of brilliance from Dutch International Anwar El Ghazi and “one of our own” Andre Green it’s certainly taking shape.
The excellent Axle Tuanzebe is now available again after recovering from injury so it could (will) mean 4 at the back who are comfortable with the ball going forward, in fact, a whole team that is happy with the ball at their feet. The first thought now being forwards not backwards.
For Dean Smith and the Club to get that far after one transfer window is an achievement in itself, given the situation in the summer.
Smith has brought in players to suit the style he wants to play. Rather than just bringing in players for the sake of it and not playing them. Tom Caroll being the exception, although he did get injured early on.
He’s brought in players from clubs above us, he brought back Green and Jed Steer and used them. Two players who the previous management didn’t see having game time this season.
He’s let Yannick Bolaise go back and sent our better kids out on loan to see if they can cope with the rigours of “real football”.
The bench looks powerful with the likes of fit-again Henri Lansbury and Caroll unable to even get a place on it. Although in fairness to Caroll he couldn’t because we are only allowed 5 loan players in the matchday squad.
All in all the team is looking stronger to the point that Club Captain and last seasons player of the year James Chester has almost been forgotten about.
There is a bit more to it than Jack coming back although he is a big part of it.
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