Tommy Rowe has been an exceptional performer for Bristol City so far this campaign, and has been one of their standout players after signing in the summer from Doncaster Rovers.
Rowe is primarily a left-footed central midfielder who dictates the play and breaks it up in a holding midfield role. However, the midfielder has been converted into a left wing-back during the opening months of the new season, the injury to first-choice Jay Dasilva keeping him out until the festive period.
Lee Johnson’s summer signing has put in some robust and energetic displays down that side for City, his crosses and tackles down the flanks being one of the reasons why City fans have started to fall in love with the 30-year-old.
Rowe has had a prosperous career so far, and last season for League One side Doncaster, he only played one game at left-back out of 40 appearances, making the other 30 appearances from the middle of the park.
Who should start at left wing-back for Bristol City when both options are fit?
Despite Rowe knowing that his performances so far have been impressive and that he’s currently in Johnson’s plans at Ashton Gate, his place may be under renewed threat due to Jay Dasilva being back in light training and back in the gym.
Dasilva is a different type of wing-back to Rowe. The other summer signing, this time from Chelsea after a previous season-long loan at Ashton Gate last season, is more attacking. Dasilva is able to compete aerially and is able to do a job when standing a player up to stop a cross or halt an attack, however, it’s his ability on the ball that makes him much better suited to City’s game. His runs down the left and deliveries from wide areas can hurt a team, with Rowe being more defensive-minded than his younger counterpart.
With a midfield packed with lots of quality at City and Dasilva suiting the wing-back spot better than what Rowe does, the former Manchester United youth prospect will have a couple of huge months ahead of him as he has some competition and will have to fight hard against Dasilva to make that wing-back spot his own if he wants to stay in the side.