Marlon Pack joined Cardiff City from Bristol City on deadline day this season, leaving midfield partner Josh Brownhill at Ashton Gate. But how’s Brownhill coping without him?
Cardiff fans were elated when they secured the signing of Marlon Pack on deadline day at the start of this season.
The midfielder established himself as one of the Championship’s most dynamic midfielders in his time at Bristol, and Neil Warnock was keen to bring him to South Wales.
He and Brownhill were the regular two in midfielder for Lee Johnson’s Bristol last season.
In place of Pack at Bristol is Han-Noah Massengo. The 18-year-old has been a revelation since his summer move from Monaco, and he’s even attracted Premier League interest in his short time in England.
He and Brownhill now lead the midfield at Ashton Gate, but how’s Brownhill fairing with his new midfield partner?
Johnson’s side are sixth in the Championship after 11 games, so something must be going right for the Robins so far.
And Brownhill has been as reliable as ever for Johnson, with one goal and one assist so far this season to put him on track to achieve last season’s tally of five and four respectively.
It’s fair to say then that Brownhill is coping well in the absence of Pack.
Many Robins fans were sad to see Pack leave in the summer and were wary of how Brownhill and the rest of the team might fair in his wake.
But fast-forward two months and he’s but a fond memory of Robins fans, as they warm to their new starlet Massengo.
If anything this season, Brownhill has become more of a defensive-minded midfielder alongside Massengo, having made 2.3 tackles per game on average, and 1.4 interceptions.
Brownhill has shown his quality this season in taking no time to adapt to a new midfield partner, and continues to show fans why he’s one of the best in the league at what he does.