Few signings have hit the ground running as quickly as Perry Ng. And it’s even more impressive when you consider the step up he has made in such a short period of time.
The Cardiff City right-back has solved a number of issues since his arrival from League One Crewe Alexandra last month and has slotted into this Bluebirds side seamlessly.
He has gone from strength to strength in recent weeks and it is no coincidence that City’s results have taken an upturn as a consequence.
The five-man defence has been a real point of difference under Mick McCarthy and Ng has revealed just how hard they have been drilled behind the scenes to ensure the system works. And, well, the results speak for themselves.
And the defender has lifted the lid on how McCarthy has instilled a new, simpler style of play during gruelling sessions at their Vale of Glamorgan training HQ.
“Training is really tough,” Ng said after the 3-1 win over Coventry City on the weekend. “So he’s instilled into us that we are going to fight and work really hard and the results are paying off.
“They’ve made everything a lot simpler and given us a simple way of playing
“Everyone fights for every ball, there’s no risks taken at the back and we get it forward making it difficult for teams and we really test teams.”
Ng was a sought-after prospect before he signed for the Bluebirds last month.
The 24-year-old was the subject of transfer interest from Cardiff during the two previous windows before Neil Harris eventually got his man in January.
Ng was named in the League Two Team of the Season last year, after he captained Crewe to promotion, and as a result he had a number of teams eyeing his signature.
But he chose Cardiff and the defender, who has started every game since his arrival, has revealed just why that was the case.
“The main reason I came here was to play football and I’ve been playing,” he added.
“There was talk of me going to a few other places where I probably wouldn’t have played and I wasn’t happy with that, I want to play football.
“To come in and play and even better, that we’ve started winning, is brilliant.”
Cardiff were 15th when Harris was axed last month, but following McCarthy’s appointment the Welsh club have gone five games unbeaten.
After two battling draws against Barnsley and Millwall, Cardiff have recorded three straight victories, the most recent of which against Coventry being the most eye-catching.
It has seen Cardiff shoot up the ladder and they currently sit just one spot outside the play-off places, an almost unthinkable situation just a few short weeks ago.
And Ng, who has endeared himself to Bluebirds supporters following a string of solid displays, has urged City to keep the ball rolling ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Luton Town.
“We’ve got to keep the momentum going, keep performing like we are and who knows what will happen,” he said.
“A few games ago everyone was talking about maybe going the other way or other teams catching us.
“But now we are looking ahead of ourselves and now we’ve got to keep driving and keep the momentum going.”