Troy Deeney is looking to alter the mindset of his teammates at St Andrew’s after Birmingham City’s poor run leading into the international break.
The 33-year-old has won promotion to the Premier League twice in his career and after the Blues have battled against relegation for the last few years it is a positive sign that a senior head like Deeney is trying to change their outlook.
Birmingham have been great viewing since Lee Bowyer’s appointment in March and the performances have still been there despite picking up just one point from their last available 15.
Deeney revealed his intentions when he spoke to The Athletic.
He said: “It’s just it’s new, it’s different and it’s fun by the way. The mindset’s different too.
“Now you’re trying to create a mentality – not just me, the manager and the people there – that you need to win games, two or three on the bounce; if you lose two or three, that’s not good enough.”
The Blues were floating in and around the play-off places in the early exchanges of the season and showed exactly what they are capable of in a 5-0 demolition of Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in late August.
Deeney’s words show that he is a key member of the squad as much off the pitch as he is on it.
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Deeney’s experience could be invaluable as Birmingham look to compete for a top half finish this season. Setting the tone at the training ground and ensuring the players stay motivated.
The 33-year-old is in fierce competition for his place in the team with Lukas Jutkiewicz, Scott Hogan and Chuks Aneke at the top of the pitch, such that can only be healthy.
Bowyer’s men have the squad to make this a very enjoyable first season back in stadiums for their supporters and Deeney instilling a winning mentality could be crucial to ensuring that.