Hughes hails Bellamy impact

25 February 2009 11:45
Mark Hughes believes Craig Bellamy has made a positive impression on his Manchester City squad.

The Wales international joined the Blues during the January transfer window in a big-money move from West Ham.

He has made an immediate impact at Eastalnds, bagging two goals in his first four appearances to help the club climb into the top half of the Premier League table.

Despite having a reputation as something of a trouble-maker, Hughes insists Bellamy has been pleasure to work with and is backing the talented striker to play an integral role in City's future.

"It was a very simple equation for me," said Hughes.

Outstanding pace"I needed to bring in a guy that had drive and personality and outstanding pace, which would give us a threat that we didn't have before Craig came.

"The fact that he is able to stretch teams and give them a problem with his pace and ability on the ball, that enables other players in our team to have more space."

Hughes also believes that Bellamy's infectious personality and desire to win can only be beneficial to those around him.

"I think it is important to have players who have that will and that mentality and certainly Craig has that in abundance," he added.

"I think it's good for the dressing room. As they gel as a group, because it's still very early, once they get three or four games together, I think you will see that mentality come to the fore even more."

Source: SKY_Sports