Craig Fagan. An enigma. Yes he is a chippy mosquito of a player, troubling opponents with his attitude and wind-ups. But he’s often not much else. A winger that can’t beat his man, preferring to win a throw in off a full back’s legs. A wide man that can’t cross reliably. A front man whose goalscoring prowess is demonstrably poor. It’s not a great sell.
Yet Fagan is potentially pivotal to City’s survival. He is hard working and maintains his position in an organised formation. He can defend competently from the front or the wing when required. His willing attitude breeds compliance and spirit amongst his team mates – and when the crunch came last season it was Fagan’s goal at Bolton that sealed the Tigers’ survival.
Fagan isn’t a good player by any objective measure of performance, other than Prozone’s “Scurry Quotient” – yet he could prove to be the key to City’s relegation survival for a second season running.