With the Premier League about to spark into life this weekend, COS reporter Adam Hennessey casts his eye over the players he feels will have an impact this coming season, but players who readers may not know much about.
Birmingham City are about to embark on yet another Premiership adventure, this time under the stewardship of Alex McLeish, and this little Irish gem amongst their ranks, could have a big part to play, if Birmingham are to survive in the top flight this season. Little will be known about him in this country, but Irish football fans will know all about the former PFAI Player of the Year for 2008.
Keith Fahey arrived at St Andrews during the January transfer window, from St Pat’s Athletic in Ireland, for a reported £300,000 fee. In his 19 games for the club since his arrival in England, he scored 4 crucial goals, and turned in some top-quality performance in order to get Blues back into the big time, none more so than the tense, final day decider at Reading, where he scored Birmingham’s opener, and providing a quality assist for Kevin Phillip’s winner, which shot Birmingham back to the Premier League.
A classy ball playing midfielder, Fahey will always make himself available to take the ball, and look to move the ball on forwards, and support the attack, out of all the midfielders at Birmingham, Fahey will be the one who makes things happen and will score some vital goals. A natural central midfield playmaker, he was been transformed into a highly effective left winger for the Blues, and will look to progress even more in this county at Birmingham, and adapt to the Premier League.