Continuing our series where we keep an eye on our loan stars, this week we caught up with Armani Little to ask how his spell at Woking is going.
Arrmani, who joined the U’s this summer from Southampton has helped the Cards reach the top of the National League South, and told us how much he is enjoying his time there
“I’m enjoying it a lot” he told us. “I’ve had a run of six games now, although unfortunately we lost on Saturday. The confidence is high, as you’d expect but it’s a tough league. Woking is a really good club to be at. We have been getting big crowds and the fans are right on top of the pitch so the atmosphere is good every week. We have an FA Cup tie this weekend against Tooting and Mitcham and then we have Torquay away coming up so two big games for us.
“It’s been great to play senior football , which is very different to playing in the under 23s. It’s the first time I’ve played competitive games regularly and I think it’s helping me as a player but also as a person. It’s more physical and it can be brutal when you are playing for three points. Playing to win is the mentality you have to have in that football and that’s also what you need if you want to go on and play higher, so it’s great for me. There are things on the line- people’s careers and job - so it means something every time you go out there and it’s a big deal to get each win.”
Armani is a versatile player, able to play as a number 10 but currently being employed in a central midfield role which suits his all action style.
“I’m playing number 8, as a box to box midfielder” he said. “ I can play in a few roles but I think I enjoy that position the most.”
Armani was joined last week by striker Harvey Bradbury who made an instant impact after signing on loan:
“He came in and scored and got Man of the Match” Armani said. “He scored a good goal so that’s great for him and it’s good to have him around- I’ve known him a while because we are from the same area and I’ve known of him and played against him before.”
United keep a close eye on all their on loan players and Armani is hoping that the great impression he made on the pre-season tour or Ireland, plus some impressive performances at Woking, will keep him in the first team frame.
“Ireland was great experience, being around the first team. I just wanted to come and give a good first impression, which I hopefully did. There are things I need to work on, which I am doing at the moment so I think this loan move is an important stage in that development and it’s great that it is working out so well for everyone.”