Rowett: Show me what you've got; UP TO PLAYERS TO IMPRESS, SAYS BOSS.
Byline: Colin Tattum @colintattum
COMING up to two weeks in the Birmingham City job, Gary Rowett is slowly but surely getting the measure of his squad.
But he says there remains scope for players to force their way into his plans.
"It's still an ongoing process," he commented, about whether or not his mind has been made up about players' strengths and weaknesses.
"And the fact we have had two games in quick succession has meant that there is a limited opportunity to see those players who have not been involved, for them to show me what they can do.
"I have tried to be true to my word in that everyone gets an opportunity and it is up to the players in training to show me what they have got.
"Some players I know about, some players I know less about.
"But, for me, it won't matter how many games people have played or what their reputations are. If I feel someone is good enough then they will go into the squad.
"I saw little bits of Reece Brown before the Wolves game and I just felt as though, for me, he has got lots of ability and he was the best one to put on the bench because of that, if we needed something different.
"Whether he is 18 or whatever age is irrelevant, we will put him in there.
"If we feel someone else is the right man for Saturday we will put them in there. I think it comes over time. But we are starting to get a better idea of who we think can play our way, who we think will be well suited and then obviously you are trying to assess - because it is quite a big-ish squad - who can maybe go out on loan and get some games as I think it is important players are playing." One rather quirky feature since Rowett got the job have been the comments about his sartorial elegance. The trademark v-neck jumper and tie combination has won favour and a cult following among fans.
"I have heard about that," he admitted, with a wry smile.
"I'd rather it be a more modern twist, that I am setting fashions than sounding like a 70-year-old granddad."
Told to the contrary, that fans have given their seal of approval, he added: "Ah, well, I am glad you have said that. I do tend to play golf in a leather waistcoat and a stetson you know... I will try my best not to wear the same things too often. And most of my things are blue.
"But I am not going to complain about any following."
'Lots of ability': Reece Brown |
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