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The 28-y/o proving to be Cardiff’s unsung hero this season: Comment

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Marlon Pack made a brave move in the summer as he chose to swap Bristol City for Cardiff City as he sought a fresh challenge after six seasons at Ashton Gate.

He arrived at The Cardiff City Stadium under manager Neil Warnock but is now managed by Neil Harris who was appointed at the Bluebirds’ helm in November.

The central midfielder has been a regular in the side this season as he has provided a calm head in the middle of the park, perhaps not getting the credit that he deserves.

Being at the age of 28, Pack finds himself in his prime years and has had a good effect on the younger players at Cardiff.

His experience will have been invaluable during the early stages of the season as Cardiff found themselves struggling to pick up results in what was an inconsistent run.

He has already shown that he can be a leader within the dressing room as he has worn the armband on occasions and has been trusted by the other senior players at the club to be one of the more vocal players on the pitch.

Something that fans don’t see or recognise about Pack is what he brings to the team in terms of midfield possession.

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While he may not be the best at passing the ball 50 yards over the top for somebody to race onto, he is the player in the midfield who is never scared of getting his foot on the ball and playing the simple passes around when there’s nothing else on.

He has also been a bit of a goalscoring threat from the midfield this season as he has grown in confidence at having a go from long-range, often trying to test the keeper if there are opposition bodies backing off him.

Pack gives Cardiff something when in possession but he is also good while off the ball as well.

His physicality can often be a test to the opponents as they struggle to beat him in the air and he times tackles well whether he is going to ground or sticking his foot in while staying upright.

Pack has allowed the likes of Leandro Bacuna, Joe Ralls and Will Vaulks to play more advanced when they have been in the middle alongside him as he provides them with defensive cover if they want to get forward and join attacks.

The experienced Championship midfielder hasn’t been given the plaudits that he deserves this season but he is starting to become recognised as one of their more consistent players.


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