Lubala hun­gry for more after taste of the ac­tion

Birmingham Post - - SPORT - Foot­ball Writer

BIRM­ING­HAM City’s lat­est academy prod­uct Beryly Lubala has set his sights on stay­ing in Garry Monk’s match-day squad.

The 20-year-old made his de­but in Tues­day night’s 3-1 de­feat at Bris­tol City when he re­placed Jeremie Boga with 20 min­utes to go.

And he gave a bright cameo, fir­ing in a long dis­tance shot which forced a save and win­ning a sec­ond cor­ner soon after.

The in­ten­tion many.

“Get­ting the taste just makes you want it more,” Lubala told Blues TV.

“So get back on the train­ing pitch, keep im­prov­ing, keep im­press­ing the gaffer and hope­fully I can stay around it. Keep stay­ing on the bench, keep com­ing on and hope­fully ce­ment my po­si­tion in the team.”

Lubala’s op­por­tu­nity came with Blues down to the bare bones in at­tack­ing po­si­tions.

Che Adams is two games into a three-match ban, Sam Gal­lagher has is that is the first of been in­jured for the best part of a month and Isaac Vas­sell hasn’t played since Oc­to­ber. Nev­er­the­less he made the most of his op­por­tu­nity – and didn’t look fazed at all. Prob­a­bly be­cause he had his house-mate Wes Hard­ing – an­other academy player – be­hind him at right back.

“Me and Wes have been friends since way back – and we live to­gether as well. So it was a proud mo­ment be­ing on the same side as him.

“I knew he was go­ing to help me out. He is very loud, he let me know where to be. It was just great, I knew I was me.”

Monk was pleased with the at­tacker’s first ap­pear­ance – and ad­mit­ted it had planted a seed in his mind go­ing for­ward.

“I thought he did very well,” the Blues boss said. “He’s worked very hard since day one, since I came in. He got his op­por­tu­nity.

“He looked a threat, looked pos­i­tive. Of course that’s always food for thought as well. We haven’t got a lot of op­tions at­tack­ing-wise. We try and make the best of it.” in safe hands with him be­hind

By BRIAN DICK >

Beryly Lubala fires in a shot dur­ing an im­pres­sive 20-minute cameo at Ash­ton Gate on Tues­day night

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