August’s Loan Watch: Robbie Brady at Hull City
Leeds 4 Hull 1
This is a game that will always test the nerve of any young player, a derby between two rivals at a noisy and hostile Elland Road. Brady was a threat early on and whipped in a few dangerous crosses, however in the second half he seemed to fade quite badly (along with the rest of his team mates). Unfortunately Brady’s first ‘big game’ was not a happy one, though Nigel Pearson revealed after the game that Brady was struggling with a virus.
Hull 0 Crystal Palace 1
The pressure was on City to get a positive result after the disappointment of the Leeds game and once again Brady was going to be the key to any success. He looked dangerous going forward, certainly showing no shortage of confidence and was in the main The Tigers best attacking option. Some of his long range passing was exquisite and Brady tried a number of times to spread the play with long searching balls across the park, however on occasions Brady tries to do too much and was dispossessed of possession a little too easily, when a pass or cross may have been the better option. Brady was substituted midway through the second half; a decision that was met with boo’s from some City supporters as the young lad constantly looked dangerous. With a bit more experience Brady could end up as one of the best left midfielders in the country.
Hull 1 Reading 0
Four games into the season Hull had only one win and two goals to their name, so pressure was mounting on Nigel Pearson and his young side. Many Hull fans were pessimistic about the game against a strong Reading side, however The Tigers started brightly and again young Brady looked confident going forward and more than capable of getting stuck in to the defensive side of the game. Brady has always looked confident and ready to take on his man and ran former Leeds defender Ian Harte ragged. Brady’s passing was once again very good and he made some fantastic cross field balls to slice open The Royals back four. He’s got a good footballing brain for a young lad, and is coming on game after game. It was Brady who scored the only goal of the game, to give the City a much needed win. After a neat one two with Aaron Mclean, Brady cut inside and floated a cross/shot into the top corner.
For his first month in competitive football Brady has certainly impressed. He has been one of City’s main threats in all of their matches thus far, and he is improving game after game. He certainly seems to have blended in well and looks more than capable of becoming a top class player. Here’s hoping the Manchester United youngster can keep his early season form going into the coming months.