Date:Friday January 4 2013
Since formally requesting a transfer away from the club just a few weeks ago, Craig Conway is showing his best form since moving to South Wales and has started every game since replacing the suspended Craig Noone to face Sheff Wed a month ago.
Conway's lack of action had partly been down to the form of others, including Noone and the experienced Tommy Smith but when suspension and injury respectively hit those players - Conway has taken his chance brilliantly.
There have remained concerns over Conway's precise role in this talented Bluebirds squad, since he is neither a flying winger nor a creative playmaker. He is however, a very natural wideman and now that he is playing with confidence - he is showing the ability and the willingness to go outside his man to the by-line, aswell as cutting inside onto his favoured right foot. He is even showing the occasional trick, adding further unpredictability and cutting edge to his game.
It's certainly fair to say he neither the paciest (Bellamy) nor most skilfull (Noone) of our potential wide players. For me, Kim Bo Kyung is far more comfortable in possession and possesses a better passing ability than Conway. Tommy Smith's guile and ability to read the game is excellent.
However, Craig Conway is definitely the best defender of all the above players, and his work-rate is also unsurpassed (Bellamy's exemplary closing down and work ethic is in different areas). Countless times recently we have seen Conway tracking back to great effect and helping out and it is no coincidence that Andrew Taylor is looking his most defensively solid than at any other time in his CCFC career.
Conway is not a leading star of this Cardiff City squad, but remains a very adept 'all-rounder'. I don't beleive we could accomodate 2 players like that (e.g. with Cowie on the other flank), but with the explosive pace of Noone or different options offered by Kim/Smith - Conway fills his role to impressive effect and surely has an important role to play over the rest of the season.
Date:Friday January 4 2013
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