Birmingham City fans will be expecting a great amount from the upcoming season. Their flirtation with the bottom three was brief, but it will have served as a stark reminder of the possibilities that await poor performers.
In Garry Monk they have a manager capable of achieving good things and his influence was evident from the moment he walked through the door. He steered the Blues away from the drop and ended any lingering doubts about Championship survival. He’s now looking to the future, up not down and hoping for a far more successful season.
To do so, he’ll need to be shrew with his transfer policy and FLW have decided to shine a spotlight on one player we feel would be a massive asset to Monk. Once upon a time, Birmingham were keen on Morris. Here’s why they should be again.
Morris was ever-present last season as little Scunthorpe arguably over-achieved at the top end of League One. The out-performed much bigger sides such as Charlton, Portsmouth and Blackpool, securing a play off spot despite sacking their manager in the run in. They stumbled at the last hurdle, losing over two legs to eventual winners Rotherham United, but Josh Morris certainly wasn’t to blame.
From his 46 appearances he bagged 11 goals and five assists. That carried on his form from the previous season when he grabbed 19 goals in all competitions, having only scored 11 career goals prior to his Glanford Park switch. He’s either coming of age, or there’s something remarkable in the water in North Lincolnshire.
Two of his goals last season came from the spot, the other nine from open play. He scored a brace as Fleetwood were beaten 3-2 and did the same at home against Charlton to secure a 2-0 win for the Iron. Overall, his tenacity and terrier like determination impressed fans and staff alike.
On average 345 minutes elapsed between his goals, a decent return from an attacking midfielder. He certainly showed the credentials needed to perform on the higher stage and, at the right price, he would make a great addition to Monk’s squad. He only picked up five bookings too, pointing to a fair player with little risk of suspension.
Josh Morris was a target for the Blues in 2016 and they could do much worse than renew that interest in 2018.