By FRANCO PANIZO
Brek Shea is off to a promising start, even if his new club can’t say the same.
Just days after finalizing a loan move to Birmingham City in an effort to earn consistent playing time, Shea was handed a start by the club in Saturday’s showdown against Leeds United. Shea made good on manager Lee Clark’s faith, assisting on the opener in what was an eventual 1-1 draw at St. Andrew’s Stadium.
Shea, deployed on the left, hit a strong pass in the 37th minute that Wesley Thomas received and buried home to put the hosts in front. Unfortunately for the Blues, they surrendered an equalizer 14 minutes before the final whistle and now have a subpar 1-2-3 record that has them in 19th place in the Championship.
The 24-year-old Shea was not on the field when Birmingham conceded. He lasted until the 67th minute before being subbed out, an understandable development given that the U.S. Men’s National Team winger’s last club match came in March while on loan at Barnsley.
Fellow American Jonathan Spector made a late cameo off the bench and contributed 11 minutes for the Blues while young Will Packwood was not in uniform.
What did you think of Shea’s debut? Encouraged by the assist and performance? Will his confidence skyrocket now that he has had a promising first match?
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