The Exiled RobinThe signing of left-back Greg Cunningham on Thursday was arguably Bristol City’s most long-awaited incoming transfer. Ever since our fateful trip to Wembley four years ago, fans have been acutely aware of the lack of any cover for Jamie McAllister in this position, and despite successive managers making the right noises no suitable cover, or, indeed as is now required, replacement has ever been sourced.
Mystifyingly it has seemed remarkably complex to sign someone to play in this position so let’s hope we have just found ourselves a new hero to play in the relatively ‘cult’ number three shirt. Martin Scott, Mickey Bell and Darren Barnard have all been hero-worshipped by the Ashton Gate faithful to varying degrees in the past twenty years, so can the young Irishman become an established first-team performer?
Although a Manchester City player, Cunningham’s only sightings for the new Champions of England were 45 minutes against Scunthorpe in an FA Cup tie and an injury-time Premier League bow a couple of seasons ago. His more accessible viewings have been at Championship level, with first Leicester (before a serious injury cut short his time there) and then at their East Midlands rivals from Nottingham.
Initial reactions are positive. Upon his signing a quick conversation with my Dad recalled how he had caught the eye in the home game with Forest last season, comfortably marking Albert Adomah out of the match and providing a threat when in possession of the ball. And to back this up I sought the views of some of the City Ground’s faithful to offer their opinion.
Steve Wright @Mistrollingin
Steve writes his own excellent website and his amazingly in-depth view on the financial roller-coaster Forest have suffered for the past twelve years under the late Nigel Doughty’s stewardship is particularly worth a read if you’re that way inclined!