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Birmingham City have had a mixed start to the season and as they return to action following the international break, Pep Clotet’s side find themselves in ninth spot in the table, ahead of the weekend trip to Charlton Athletic.
One player who has featured regularly for the Blues is midfielder Dan Crowley, who moved to St Andrew’s in the summer on a two-year-deal from Dutch side Willem II.
But how can Crowley’s start to life at Birmingham be best summed up?
“It has been steady start to the season for Crowley, and he’s a part of an encouraging start for the Blues.
“At 22 and coming back into England, the midfielder was hardly going to hit the ground running in electric fashion, but he’s got some good appearances under his belt and his passing looks neat and tidy.
“A pass success of almost 90% isn’t to be sniffed at and Clotet might turn to him to make things happen a little bit more in the final third.
“In time, I think he is going to become a really important part of things at St Andrew’s.”
“After starting the 2019/20 campaign in encouraging fashion for Birmingham, Crowley has struggled over the past couple of weeks to push on at St Andrew’s.
“Brought in from Eredivisie side Willem II earlier this summer, the midfielder illustrated some real signs of promise in the Blues’ clashes with Bristol City and Brentford.
“However, following a poor display against Nottingham Forest, Crowley has fallen behind the likes of Fran Villalba and Jefferson Montero in the pecking order at Birmingham.
“Yet with the latter of two wingers set to miss Saturday’s clash with Charlton Athletic due to injury, the 22-year-old could be in contention to start for Pep Clotet’s side and thus will be aiming to deliver an eye-catching performance at The Valley.”
“Promising and I feel he’s been underused by Clotet.
“This Blues side lack imagination in the final third but Crowley has shown time and time again that he can make things happen with his ability to beat a player and to pick a pass.
“So, he will be frustrated that he hasn’t been a regular because he had a strong start to the campaign and is a good player.
“Of course, he is by no means the finished product and needs to be more consistent but he is only 22-years-old and that will come.
“Over the course of the season I expect him to establish himself as a key player at St. Andrew’s.”