Auston Trusty has been named Birmingham City’s player of the season following a supporter vote.
Given the Championship’s reputation for being one of the most physically demanding leagues in world football, nobody really knew how the 24-year-old centre-back would cope.
As it turns out, he has thrived.
In total, Trusty has made 47 appearances in all competitions, racking up a whopping 4,255 minutes of playing time. Due to a 30-minute spell of extra time in the FA Cup, it actually averages out at more than 90 minutes per game. Along the way, he’s scored four goals and made two assists.
While Birmingham’s form fell off a cliff between December and the end of February, Trusty’s performances on the domestic front led to a first cap for the USA in March where he played alongside Matt Turner in a Concacaf Nations League victory over Grenada.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal see Trusty as a future first team squad member.
By the looks of things, the £2 million fee paid by Birmingham has covered our initial outlay and his value will have increased considerably. Given he’s left-footed and we only recently recruited Jakub Kiwior, the temptation will likely be to cash in this summer.
That said, we may give him a run out during the Stateside pre-season tour and make a decision closer to deadline day.
For his part, Trusty is open about his ambitions to play at the top, telling the Birmingham Mail: “A lot is to come in the future but as a footballer those are problems you want. It’s all a good thing.
“As a player you want to play with the best, wherever that is. Right now the Premier League is probably the best league in the world so that is obviously the goal for myself and my future.”