Scott Arfield’s resurgent form continued today as the midfield maestro conjured up two assists and made up for the misses at Easter Road, for which he unnecessarily apologised.
Arfield owes this club the least apology of any player, and has done nothing but commit, work, play, and never come close to complaining about anything.
He lost his automatic place earlier this season but given a chance thanks to all the injuries, he’s taken it with aplomb and has been one of the best and most consistent performers over the past four or five matches.
It adds up to a player with something to prove, a stalwart who would have been annoyed at losing his place, and with the likes of Aribo and Barker injured and Hagi being slightly inconsistent, it’s been up to Arfield to return to his slot and prove why he shouldn’t have lost his place.
And how he has.
Steven Gerrard seems to enjoy challenging players. Glen Kamara went through it, by not being a guaranteed first pick earlier this season, and in most cases they respond to this ‘adversity’ by upping their game.
Kamara has been top quality this season, and Arfield has been simply fantastic. One who hasn’t remotely delivered on that treatment is Alfredo Morelos but that’s another story for another day.
In Arfield’s case, his performance at Fir Park was yet another example of a hungry player determined to hold onto his place.
Once the squad is fully fit, we suspect it will take a lot to shift him.