It was an intriguing summer transfer window for Birmingham City, with mass squad turnover under new boss Pep Clotet.
Among the departing players were last season’s top-scorer Che Adams and second-highest provider of assists Jota, while midfielders Ivan Sunjic and Fran Villalba were perhaps the most notable signings.
However, the Blues’ business may not be done yet as it has been reported by Birmingham Live that Kerim Mrabti has attracted the attention of multiple European clubs.
The European transfer window is still open, meaning Championship clubs are able to sell their players abroad, and it is believed that German side Hamburg and Portuguese club Braga have expressed an interest in a move for Mrabti.
The 25-year-old only arrived at St Andrew’s on a free transfer in January, so it would be a quick turnaround to look to offload him already.
We examined his performances for the Blues last season to investigate whether they should let him go.
Mrabti joined Birmingham in January and made 12 appearances in the second half of the year, with just six of those in the starting line up.
A versatile player, Mrabti is capable of playing across both the midfield and the forward line but only featured in advanced roles for Birmingham – playing on both flanks and as a centre-forward.
He totalled 672 minutes for the Blues last season and finished the 2018/19 campaign with just one goal and no assists–which is really poor production for a forward.
The 25-year-old was involved for Birmingham – he averaged 2.54 crosses per game, with a success rate of 36.8%; 2.95 touches in the opposition box per game; and 1.61 shots per game, with a success rate of 50% – however, his lack of productivity could indicate that the quality was not quite there.
Interestingly, one area that the Swede did prove effective for the Blues last season was his work when the opposition had the ball, which shows he really put a shift in defensively.
Mrabti averaged 4.15 interceptions per game and 9.11 defensive duels per game, with an impressive success rate of 60.3%.
The 25-year-old’s statistics indicate that his performances in the Championship were underwhelming during his debut season with the Blues but as he arrived in January it may just be a case of him taking time to settle in English football.
With a pre-season now under his belt and with a number of influential attacking players already having left the club this summer, it seems too soon to pull the trigger and cash in on Mrabti.