Lee Bowyer is currently making pre-season preparations ahead of his first full campaign as Birmingham City’s boss.
It was first thought the Blues would endure a very difficult summer with the club being placed under an EFL transfer embargo in March.
However, this was due to an administrative error by the governing body and according to Birmingham Live, the West Midlands side are now able to bring players in freely without any restrictions.
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It has still been a reasonably quiet summer at St Andrew’s though – and so far – the loan signing of versatile midfielder Riley McGree is their only arrival. With pre-season approaching, Bowyer will be eager to add more players to his squad to elevate his side from the lower midtable position they have been stuck in for a few years now.
There’s still plenty of time to make these additions, but the West Midlands side may also need to rely on a few of their youngsters to provide squad depth in 2021/22.
Let’s look at two teenagers we could see fully breakthrough at St Andrew’s in the next year.
According to a Football League World exclusive, National League side Bromley are interested in taking 18-year-old midfielder Tate Campbell after impressing for the non-league club last year.
But as per the same report, Lee Bowyer wants to monitor the teenager and pick the right path for him as he looks to accelerate his development, whether he stays in the Championship with the Blues or heads back out on loan.
If Campbell impresses in pre-season it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him stay with the first team and make a few appearances on the bench, although his career would probably be best served by going out on loan to a side in the fourth tier to play more regular football.
Bromley have already made another approach for the midfielder, but his parent club may wait for alternative offers before Lee Bowyer makes his decision.
The 20-year-old is a current England youth international and made two league appearances for the Blues last season, despite being behind Neil Etheridge and Andres Prieto for much of the campaign.
With Prieto not receiving any real opportunities to shine in England, he could potentially leave in the summer, opening the door for Jeacock to challenge Filipino international and current choice Etheridge and allowing the young keeper to have a much clearer sight of the number one jersey.
Even if he remains behind the two senior shot-stoppers next year, an injury crisis could allow the 20-year-old to add more Championship experience to his repertoire after starting for the Blues in their 4-0 home defeat to Cardiff City last month.
Jeacock will now compete with Connal Trueman and possible new arrival Brian Kinnear over the next few months for that third goalkeeping spot, with one or two of the trio likely to be sent out on loan.