Sam Dalby bagged twice last night to take the plaudits for the under 23’s after a third straight win, Carlos Corberan starting to come good with the heavily recruited development squad. One player in particular has been knitting it all together, youngster Oriol Rey, a summer arrival from Barcelona.
Rey arrived as one of the first Victor Orta signings and fans were surprised we had managed to secure the deal given that he was a Barcelona kid. He initially arrived as a centre-back and we expected him to play from there as we looked to develop our style of football. The arrival of Carlos Corberan meant that the style and philosophy of the Spanish regime were beginning to take shape, although the development side didn’t start very well. As the season has gone on a few players have really stepped their game up, one has just been handed his debut in the first-team, Tom Pearce and others may well follow. One who may not catch the eye for doing anything spectacular is Rey, but in terms of what he brings he is probably the most important player in the side, and it won’t be long before Paul Heckingbottom has to take note, especially with it being a poor area most weeks in the first-team.
Rey wasn’t the only player to arrive from a big European club at the hands of Victor Orta. Ouasama Siddiki arrived from Real Madrid and Adrian Balboa, along with Kun both arrived from Barcelona along with Oriol Rey, the midfielder probably the least known of the three by Spanish journalists. What sort of player is he? He has a but of bite about him and his hunger and desire is in evidence every time he takes to the pitch but what he really does is keep the ball. The youngster doesn’t give possession away often at all and just pulls the strings from the middle of the pitch. His first moment of note was a screamer at Nottingham Forest but the goalscoring isn’t what he brings, the composure and eye for a pass is, and that can’t be understated at any level of football. Alongside Callum Nicell and Romario Vieira he has formed some good partnerships and you can only see his career going one way if he keeps this form up.
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