Date: 2nd October 2008 at 8:43am
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With Lee Bullock out for a few weeks Rangers starlet, Dean Furman, looks set to be given the nod on Saturday to partner Paul McLaren in the heart of the Bradford City midfield leaving Kyle Nix (pictured) wondering where he fits into Stuart’s plans.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus Furman said ‘nobody wishes an injury on anyone but sometimes something happens and there`s a chance.

It`s up to the person coming in to show what they are all about and take it, which is what I hope to do.

This is my first real experience of being involved like this and I knew I was going to have to bide my time with the team doing so well.’

To read the whole interview visit the T&A here.

So far his opportunities to perform have been limited by the performance of his team mates. However, it’s fair to say that from what we have seen of him on the pitch we’ve been impressed.

On Saturday Stuart deployed the unpopular 4-5-1 with Dean Furman given the nod to accompany Lee Bullock and Paul McLaren in the middle. Theoretically that trio should have allowed the marauding wide men of Joe Colbeck and Omar Daley the opportunity to push forward and create a three man attacking frontline.

Theories went out of the door with TJ Moncur’s injury which saw Kyle Nix brought on and Lee Bullock move to right back. Perhaps this was part of the reason we were so toothless.

The Bradford City players who Dean Furman has leapfrogged into being considered for a starting role are Luke Sharry and Kyle Nix. Sharry is young and unpolished but his performances in pre-season and for the reserves suggest that we have something of a rough diamond for the future (the trick is ensuring he progresses rather than stagnates and some loan football may be on the cards as the season progresses). Kyle Nix on the other hand seems to divide opinion.

As seen on BoyfromBrazil the other week there are those who believe him to be the unsung hero of the Bradford City squad, poised to make an impact. A school of thought who found him to be one of the most influential players on the pitch against Leeds United and someone whose tireless efforts embody what they want to see from the Bantams.

However, and perhaps I’m in a minority on this, I’m not convinced by Kyle Nix. He tries, of that there is no doubt but in my eyes he is too much of a nearly man. Nearly pulling off great passes, nearly making crunching tackles, nearly being suitable for a League Two battle, nearly being a central midfielder, nearly a left winger. He seems to be afflicted by the condition that Eddie Johnson has ultimately suffered from – confusion over where he fits best.

If you’re a central midfielder, it’s what you do and it’s why you knock on the manager’s door. If you’re a left winger then you compete with Omar and threaten to produce enough on the flank to merit inclusion. However, if you’re a squad utility player that weighs in with a few goals suddenly you’re just the backup. (I believe that in itself his goalscoring record is somewhat overplayed. He scored 8 goals, from which we earned 7 points. Eddie Johnson only scored half as many but all 4 were decisive in earning 7 points).

Kyle Nix is obviously a good lad to have around the squad. He’s full of energy and some strange mix of encouragement and rage towards his team mates but too often his involvement in the middle (where the Nix-evangelists would have him play) coincides with our being knocked off the ball, producing errant passes and generally failing to dominate an opposition such that there are the opportunities for him to get forward and knock in a wonder goal or two.

Unless he commits to a position I don’t see him making enough of the potential which he obviously possesses to overcome his stature and become a long-term challenge to Lee Bullock and Paul McLaren in the middle. Someone whose performances make doubters sit up and take note.

No pressure then…