Brooke Norton-Cuffy capped his post-World-Cup-break return to football with an assist for Rotherham United on Saturday.
As with the Premier League, the Championship went on a break when the World Cup kicked off, but the English second tier has returned a little sooner than the top flight.
Whilst many top Premier League teams would be hamstrung by the competition restarting during the quarter-final stage of the World Cup, the impact on the Championship isn’t nearly so great.
As a result, Rotherham United returned to the pitch with a match against Bristol City on Saturday, and Arsenal loanee Brooke Norton-Cuffy was in the starting lineup for the hosts.
Playing 70 minutes of the match, Norton-Cuffy created the most chances of anyone on the pitch (three), including one big chance.
The right-back’s best moment came in the 25th minute, as his cross was headed home by Chiedozie Ogbene for 1-1. The assist was Norton-Cuffy’s second in five games, having also set up a goal against Burnley in November.
Overall, Arsenal’s 18-year-old loanee put in a good performance, causing a lot of problems down the right-hand side.
Brooke Norton Cuffy balling for Rotherham against Britsol City yesterday. Had an assist as well
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The match wasn’t all good news, unfortunately. Joe Williams helped Bristol City retake the lead on the half-hour mark, before Cameron Pring added a third goal once Norton-Cuffy had come off.
Rotherham United’s struggles as a team continue, but Norton-Cuffy continues to impress on an individual basis.