Cardiff City summer signing Marlon Pack has been a regular in the Bluebirds starting XI after heading across the Severn Bridge from rivals Bristol City in the summer.
The 28-year-old has appeared 14 times for the Bluebirds under former manager Neil Warnock and current manager Neil Harris this season, as his position from a holding midfielder role has allowed the other players around him to play a quick style of football.
Pack has settled in to life well at The Cardiff City Stadium, as the supporters have taken to the experienced man, and here are three words that sum up his season so far…
Pack has been a consistent member of the Cardiff side so far this season, being able to dictate the tempo of the play as the midfielder that sits in front of the defence, as well as sweeping up when he has to.
The central midfielder hasn’t been at fault for a majority of the goals that the Bluebirds have let into their net, and his performances from a deeper role, similar to what he played last season at Ashton Gate, have been steady and consistent if not spectacular for the Bluebirds thus far.
Being one of the senior members of the squad at The Cardiff City Stadium and having bags of experience in the Championship since gaining promotion with Bristol City in 2015, Pack has assumed his responsibility well with the Bluebirds.
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He has been an organiser and made sure that the players around him are always performing to the best of their abilities, as well as never being scared to dish out some harsh words if his team-mates are having a bad game.
He has also put his arm around a couple of the younger members within the group that has been assembled at Cardiff, and given them some handy tips across the course of the season.
Tying in with the first point, Pack’s season has been unspectacular to say the least.
From his midfield pivot position, he hasn’t gone steaming into challenges to try and win the ball or been spraying 50-yard passes over the opposition defence for his team-mates to latch on to.
He has kept things simple and perhaps gone underrated by the Bluebirds supporters, as his displays in the middle of the park have perhaps stopped less goals than he’s created, with his reading of the play and physical nature stopping the opposition in their tracks.