Adam Clayton is enjoying the advanced midfield role he’s playing for Town this season.

The former Leeds man is taking up a central position in front of Ollie Norwood and Jonathan Hogg in Mark Robins’ preferred 3-5-2 system.

“It gets me in the middle of the pitch where I enjoy playing, I can go left or right, not just cut inside like before, when I played wider out,” said the 24-year-old who started out at Manchester City.

“I love the attacking emphasis of the new position and being able to get on the ball that much more.

“We’re working on it every day and getting better at it, and while we still need to be versatile to suit certain matches, passing is always at the heart of our game.”

The former England Under 20 player is keen to add to the goal he rifled in to set the seal on Town’s 5-1 win over Bournemouth in their last home Championship game.

Adam Clayton, Steven Gerrard and James Vaughan celebrate the winner at Millwall
Adam Clayton, Steven Gerrard and James Vaughan celebrate the winner at Millwall
 

But he is also enjoying providing some of the service for striker James Vaughan, who aims to add to his eight-goal tally at home to Doncaster today.

“James is a good friend, so I’m not going to big him up too much,” smiled Clayton.

“But he’s a great signing for us, and generally, if we get the ball to him, he will score more often than not.

“He’s a very good player, but also very grounded, and his workrate is fantastic.

“He doesn’t just score goals. He defends as well, especially at set-pieces, and he never lets defenders settle, so that helps us win the ball back quickly, which is an important part of how we play.”

Clayton is desperate to get back into action after the international break.

 

“It seems like a long time since our disappointing defeat at Barnsley, and we want to put things right and chalk up all six points from our next two games (Charlton visit on Tuesday),” added the Mancunian, who spent his spare Saturday watching mate David Ball (the pair were at City together) play for Fleetwood in their 4-1 win over Torquay in League II.

“I get itchy feet when there are no matches, and I’ve been looking forward to facing Doncaster ever since the end of the Barnsley game.”