Bristol City’s Joe Bryan has said he is going to play more in the middle in the coming weeks.
The 22-year-old is usually utilised as a left wing back and has played in that role for the majority of his senior career.
But since the injury of Korey Smith and Ben Gladwin’s return to QPR, Bryan has been moved centrally as he has some experience in the position as that is where he played when he was coming through the Robins youth system.
And while Bryan is a very good left back, he recently revealed that he is set for a run in central midfield. And for anyone who is worried his inexperience in the position could be a weakness for the team, he also said he is getting plenty of advice from his manager Lee Johnson who played in central midfield over 200 times for Bristol City.
Talking about his new position, Bryan told the club website: “Obviously I was in there because Korey (Smith) was injured, but he (Johnson) said he wanted me to use my athleticism to get around the pitch, win the ball and look to play forward,”
“I think I did that.”
“He said ‘you’re better on the ball than you think you are. You can go in there and play – don’t think I’m just putting you in there as a stopgap’.”
“I played there when I was about 16, and in the youth team when I was playing against bigger lads as a way of getting me to toughen up and learn to use the ball better, and I think that stood me in good stead for Saturday.”
“Out wide you’ve always got a touchline behind you, so you can get a bit lazy with checking your shoulders, but that’s something you have to do when you’re playing in the middle.”
“You’ve always got to have your head on a swivel. When you watch the top players, you see they’re always looking behind and they know what’s going on 360 degrees around them – that’s the main difference.”
“Obviously I played central midfield last week, but anywhere I’m put I’ll try and do well.”