It’s been a pretty strong start at Motherwell for midfielder Liam Polworth.
The 25-year-old signed for the club last summer from Inverness Caley Thistle on a two-year deal, with manager Stephen Robinson inheriting a player who had shone for the Highland team for several years.
A very talented player he is proving to be – with 15 assists in all competitions so far, the Steelmen appear to have done some great business.
Realistically, The Well were always going to need somebody with a bit about them in the engine room this season.
With starlet David Turnbull sidelined with a serious knee injury, someone was going to have to step up in the 20-year-old’s absence – and Polworth has definitely come to the fore.
In 2018/19, Turbull established himself as someone who could turn a game with his eye for a goal. His knack for goalscoring was always going to be difficult to replace, but Polworth has at least brought the next best thing; assists.
He has proven to be a wonderful source of creativity, and his tidiness in possession combined with strong technical attributes really do set him apart from a lot of other players outside the Old Firm.
Motherwell are currently third in the Premiership table and Polworth has been key in the club’s surge to that position.
It now, of course, remains to be seen whether or not Polworth will get the chance to add to his impressive creative statistics, with football currently suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The early suggestions appear to be that football will not resume for several months, which could easily halt Polworth’s momentum when the game does return.
On what he’s shown so far at Fir Park though, Motherwell seem to have a top player on their hands and it perhaps might be within the club’s best interests to consider opening contract talks next year if he continues to shine, since he only signed up for two years.