Cairney impact pleases Brown
06 Feb 2010 - 10:16:10
Hull City manager Phil Brown is delighted with the way teenage midfielder Tom Cairney has settled into life in the Premier League with the Tigers.
The 19-year-old has started in City's last two games, which ended in draws with Wolves and leaders Chelsea, and Brown was left impressed by the youngster's displays.
He said: "Tom Cairney, in the light of Jimmy Bullard's long-term injury and one or two falling by the wayside in terms of form and then Seyi Olofinjana going to the African Nations Cup, has grabbed his chance.
"When Seyi got back the first question he asked was 'I believe Tom has played well?' because there is a genuine belief and togetherness.
"While he's been away at the African Nations Cup, he has been keeping very close tabs on how the team is doing and he's delighted for Tom.
"It doesn't look like Tom needs his feet keeping on the ground, he looks like he's taking it all in his stride.
"I liked the way he finished the game against Chelsea. Normally you would tire in a game three days after your debut and that was the dilemma about whether to keep him in, certainly against the diamond formation Chelsea were playing that was full of world-class players.
"Tom's putting his foot on the ball in the 85th minute and still getting us playing football. He's got a long-term future in the game and, hopefully, it will be at Hull City."