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Ryan Brobbel a key factor in York City's recent success
ON-LOAN winger Ryan Brobbel has been a key factor in making York City manager Nigel Worthington’s switch from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 a success during the last two fixtures.
And the wideman revealed he is revelling in the formation, which yielded a creditable draw at Wycombe and the morale-boosting victory over Portsmouth at Bootham Crescent.
Said Brobbel: “Middlesbrough are more of a club that plays 4-3-3, where you are a bit higher up the field, but I played 4-4-2 a lot when I was younger and I came here as a winger so I don’t mind what system I play in.
“Obviously, 4-4-2 is working at the moment because we got a draw against Wycombe and beat Portsmouth and they are both good sides who will be in the top half of the table.
“We want to get close to both of them though if not higher.”
Since the tactical switch, Brobbel has been playing in front of fellow rookie Ben Davies on the left flank.
Full-back Davies, 18, has a dozen League starts to his name compared to Brobbel’s three but the latter does not feel their inexperience poses any problems, saying: “I am enjoying playing with Ben and we are both learning off each other.
“Normally, you would have an experienced player behind you but I am helping him and he is helping me.
“Obviously, we have got the likes of Dan Parslow and Lewis Montrose inside us too.
“They are both very experienced and have played a lot of League games so we can’t go wrong really.”
Brobbel is also relieved that, unlike on his last call-up to the Northern Ireland Under-21 team when he was absent for the AFC Wimbledon home game, he will not miss a League Two fixture for City when he reports for international duty next week.
The home match with Scunthorpe, scheduled for a week on Sunday, has now been rearranged for Tuesday, October 29 due to Josh Carson, Sander Puri and Chris Kettings also being selected for their respective countries’ squads.
On that situation, Brobbel said: “I’m not glad that the club are having to postpone a game but it is to the benefit of myself and Josh because it gives you the opportunity to stay in the team.
“If I was unable to play and Ash Chambers or somebody came in and did well, then the gaffer would obviously have to stick with him. These things are decided on merit and he can’t just put me straight back in.”
Having extended his loan stay at Bootham Crescent for a further three months, Brobbel is now hoping the experience he is gaining can be used as a stepping stone to push for a first-team breakthrough at his Championship parent club in the New Year or that he can impress enough in North Yorkshire to a earn move away from the Riverside club if he is released when his contract expires this summer.
“I am really enjoying it here and that’s the reason I have extended my loan until January,” Brobbel said.
“It’s all about getting experience and either taking that back to Middlesbrough to try to push into their first team or, if that does not happen, doing well enough to get myself another club.
“The gaffer seems to like me here and I seem to be playing every week so I just want to get what I want out of my spell here and want to give the gaffer what he wants from me too.”
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