Blues Boss delighted with additionsSouthend United Manager Phil Brown has highlighted the impact the January additions have made already in their short time at Roots Hall, both on and off the pitch.
So far in this transfer window, the club has secured the loan deals of Tyrone Barnett, Stephen Hendrie, Sam McQueen and Glen Kamara.
Three of those players (Barnett, Hendrie and McQueen) made their home debuts this weekend, firmly contributing to a well-deserved 3-0 victory over Coventry City.
Hendrie, currently on a one-month loan deal from West Ham United has yet to concede a goal in his two games, excelling in a left-wing-back position.
Tyrone Barnett, signed until the end of the campaign from fellow league 1 side, Shrewsbury Town, has been firmly amongst the goals; bagging three in as many appearances for the Blues.
Boss Brown is delighted with the starts they’ve made.
“If you look at Stephen Hendrie’s performances at wing-back, which is a position he hasn’t played for West Ham, he’s took to it like a fish to water.” The Manager said.
“On Saturday he had three shots in the first half, and one in the second that warmed the keepers’ hands.
“He’s very calm character for a 21 year-old; he has a lot of good traits, he can run all day, up and down that line, and has got a lovely left foot.
“Tyrone has three goals in three games, so he’s hit the ground running for us, and he’s getting fitter with every game.
“Unfortunately he misses the Shrewsbury match because of being tied with the deal, so he can have a rest and watch the other boys work hard to fight for their place.”
Premier League youngsters McQueen and Kamara signed for Southend last week.
With ability in abundance, the pair are looking to gain vital first team experience, joining on season-long loans from Southampton and Arsenal respectively.
With McQueen making a sub appearance on Saturday, and Kamara watching on from the bench, Brown says the pair are itching to get going now.
“Sam McQueen and Glen Kamara will soon settle in.” He added.
“They’ve had a look, seen how we’ve played, how hard we work and they want to be part of it.
After a difficult start to the month, the Blues have put in some solid performances in their last two games.
Brown believes the introduction of the new players to the squad has put a new lease of life in to his players.
“I think the hard work shown by the players these last couple of weeks, might have stemmed from the fact that we’ve got four new signings in.
“Together as a group, we’ve definitely stepped up to the plate.”