MAIKEL’S TURN­ING AIR BLUE AT BRUM

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Bai­ley

WHILE Fri­day five-a-side matches might be a bit of fun for most Birm­ing­ham City play­ers, Maikel Kieften­beld is a dif­fer­ent story al­to­gether.

Singed from Gronin­gen in the sum­mer the mid­fielder has gar­nered a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a ter­ri­ble loser – with Dutch ex­ple­tives ga­lore ring­ing around the train­ing ground if his side are los­ing.

For Blues boss Gary Rowett the com­pet­i­tive edge is wel­come at a side look­ing to kick-on from mid-ta­ble and says the 25-year-old has quickly es­tab­lished him­self as a strong as­set at St An­drew’s.

“He’s a hor­ri­ble loser in train­ing,” said Rowett. “Even in five-a-sides on a Fri­day where most of the rest of the lads are hav­ing a lit­tle bit of fun, all you can hear is Maikel shout­ing in Dutch.

“It’s ob­vi­ously swear words but I haven’t learned them yet.

“The first couple of days in train­ing you thought ‘wow’. I’ve never seen a player make so many tack­les.”

WIN­NER: Maikel Kieften­beld

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