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Boss faces defensive dilemma ahead of Boro test

Wes Harding.
Wes Harding.

If I am honest, I haven’t decided in my head. But that’s what you want, that’s the point even with such a small squad.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk has admitted he faces a selection headache ahead of tomorrow's home game against Middlesbrough.

Blues' regular left-back Kristian Pedersen has been out of action since mid-December with a foot injury but is now back and raring to go.

However, during his absence Wes Harding slotted seamlessly into the side at right-back, with Maxime Colin swapping to the left.

Twenty-two-year-old Harding has started Blues' last six games and has consistently impressed.

"It’s a tough one. If I am honest, I haven’t decided in my head. But that’s what you want, that’s the point even with such a small squad," said Monk when asked about the duo.

"To have those decisions shows how competitive they are and how well they are doing.

"As always I will try and make the decision that’s best for the team and to try and get the result that we want.

"They are all great lads, everything is explained to them and they are all on the same page."

Harding has already made 19 appearances this term and Monk feels he is continuing to mature and improve as a player.

"I am delighted for Wes because he has done really well," continued Monk.

"He is young, but he has got a really mature head on his shoulders.

"He listens, you can be hard with him at times and he takes it on board.

"He is still a little bit raw in certain areas but that will come with more time on the training ground, more coaching.

“He is on his way. he is the type of lad that will push himself, listen and do well.

"That’s what you need in a young professional and that’s what he’s showing."


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