McTominay hopes to establish a starting spot
After starting the opening match of the season, Scott McTominay is determined to establish himself in Ole's midfield...
Q: You were in the starting XI for the first game. Was it good to have that faith from the manager? SM: Yeah, of course. There were a lot of younger players who were involved in the game. I think Jesse was the oldest player in the team which is a testament to the coaches and obviously the Academy staff when we came through the ranks to the first team. So, it was an amazing day for the Academy as well. Q: In a midfield two with Paul. What was it like playing alongside Paul? SM: Yeah, you have to have a relationship with the player you’re playing with and we did have a good relationship on Tour throughout the games that we were playing when we were away and obviously it’s about building that up and keep the relationship between each other, know what each other does and keep adapting to the circumstances that we had throughout the game and I think we handled it quite well. Q: How do you see your role in that two? More of a holder? SM: Yeah, obviously when you play with Paul he likes to get in the box and your job is to make sure that we are secure at the back and we’re locked in in different areas of the pitch and obviously you have to remember and respect the fact that Paul is a world class player who can pretty much do anything on a football pitch and you have to adapt to sometimes what he does as well and the different runs that he might make and obviously adapt your game off that and if you are playing with someone else, you have to change that as well. Obviously, if you’re playing with Nemanja, Fred and Andreas in different positions like that, it’s always different with who you are playing with. Q: Do you see these early games in the season as a chance to establish yourself? SM: Yeah, of course. You have to look game by game and look to try and keep impressing the coaches and training is a big part of it. I feel like the game is the end result of a big training week and obviously we don’t get too many long training weeks like we’ve had the last couple of weeks and obviously it’s important to show the coaches you are capable of being in midfield every week and if you’re not you have to show them that you are capable of it and that’s the way that a lot of the lads in the changing room look at it.