I’ve already eaten a slice of humble pie elsewhere about Garry Monk but I’m going to repeat it right here, right now; I was wrong in thinking he wouldn’t make much difference.
It’s evident that players who were underperforming before have vastly improved – be it down to better tactics, fitness or confidence.
The fans are responding in kind too – no longer will the team be scared of playing in front of large numbers of Blues fans it seems.
While I’m not going to comment on how we played – after all, I only caught up on the highlights this morning – one thing crossed my mind that is an additional bonus and surely does bode well for the summer.
I’d been worried about how Blues would do in the close season in the transfer market.
The performances under our previous two managers had made me think that we once again this summer would be a large turnover of players – and with FFP worries being what they are, I will admit that I wondered just what Blues would do.
Yet the resurgence of the team makes me wonder if Blues really do need to do major surgery to the squad.
Granted, there is a slight lack of balance to the make-up of the squad and maybe some signings will be needed to sort that out.
Loan players will return to their parent clubs but Sam Gallagher aside, I don’t think they’ll be missed all that much.
Wes Harding has shown Blues probably have the cover at right back that make Carl Jenkinson superfluous – and it could be that Steve Seddon will step up on the other side to be the cover for Jonathan Grounds.
Garry Monk has had as many as eight under 23 players training with the first team so it’s clear that there could be more player stepping up from within.
Add in the removal of Darren Dein and Jeff Vetere and its easily possible that the transfer strategy for the players we need this summer will be much improved.
Granted, there are six games left and the run in isn’t the easiest we could have.
That being said, things are looking the most positive they have done for a long time – and right now, I’m intending to enjoy that for as long as I can.