2nd – Cyrus Christie
The second door on the Calendar is the Rams all action, man of the moment, right back Cyrus Christie.
After starting the season outside the match-day squad and seemingly heading for the departure lounge, he is now well established as the Rams first choice right back and one of our star performers of the season so far.
Criminally miss managed by McClaren last year, he was continually sent out to the slaughter with his confidence clearly shot and many Rams fans leaving him in no doubt as to what they thought of his performances.
Amongst many horrible things I saw in the last 2 month of last season, Cyrus getting absolutely bullied by Ben Pringle at Rotherham was right up there.
Whilst pre-season saw little or no improvement, Baird’s injury gave him his chance and his subsequent goal for Eire seemed to change his whole mindset. I am not sure if it’s down to Clement, O’Neil and/or Keane (probably some of all three), but since that point, he has turned into an absolute machine – regularly rampaging forward with opposition defenders flying everywhere. The quality of his crossing has also noticeably improved.
What a season he is having. Will walk into the Championship team of the year at Right Back. Great work Cyrus.