Jacques Maghoma. The Congolese maestro that has finally hit top form at the right time for Blues after the third offering…
The revitalised winger has very much turned it up a notch under Garry Monk and has firmly cemented his starting place on the wing. Although the 30year-old has only managed 13 goals in a royal Blue shirt, five of those have come this season, including handing Monk’s men a survival lifeline against Sheffield United at home last month.
But where did it all start for Jacques?
The midfielder kicked off his career at Spurs before being released from the club under Harry Redknapp. Mags then joined Burton Albion between 2009 to try to revive his career before making the highly anticipated and two division jump to Sheffield Wednesday in 2013. However, only scoring two goals in 57 matches for the Owls, he soon dropped down the pecking order at Hillsborough.
Then along came Gary Rowett, who was a keen admirer of him. Despite his 5 goals in his debut season at St Andrews, it was very much a stop and start tenure for Mags under Rowett, who you could see wanted the very best out of him, with David Cotterill operating the opposite flank.
A successful winger has pace, strength to shrug off the fullback by the touchline and flair to take on the opposition down the line and by also cutting inside. It’s fair to say Jacques has all of these traits in abundance and ticks all the boxes at the minute, for a second tier winger anyway. I for one certainly look forward to what he can bring to the table next season, whichever division we may find ourselves in.
With the turbulence under Gianfranco Zola and his former boss Harry Redknapp, Maghoma was one of the most affected. However, given a new lease of life under Monk, along with Jota (who looks like a new player by the way), he has no doubt become the attacking player of the season and one that, if we do stay up, we can thank him for not only helping the club steer away from the trap door, but by also staying loyal to the badge of Birmingham City over the years.
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