Birmingham City are currently sitting in a very healthy ninth position in the Championship table, with the Blues having picked up 10 points from a possible 18 thus far, in a start that manager Pep Clotet would probably grade as work in progress.
Like many Championship manager’s during the summer months, Clotet has gone about regenerating his squad this season, with the Spaniard bringing in 10 new signings from both abroad and domestic clubs.
Where as in terms of outgoings, with no less than 13 players departing St Andrew’s for pastures new, with the loss of key players Che Adams and Jota to the lure Premier League football being hard to stomach for the club’s loyal, but expectant, fanbase.
Despite the large amount of outgoings at the club this summer, there is still some players that remain in the Midlands whom could have benefitted with a temporary spell away from the club on loan.
We take a look at TWO players who Birmingham should have loaned out this summer but didn’t….
One player who could really benefit with some regular game time is 23-year-old goalkeeper Connal Trueman, who has only made two appearances for the squad since signing his first pro-contract with the Blues back in 2014.
With experienced stoppers Lee Camp and David Stockdale currently occupying the number one and number two spots in the goalkeeping pecking order at St Andrew’s, it would have been wise for Clotet to look to loan out Trueman to a Football League club lower down the pyramid to help continue the keeper’s development, particularly with the summer addition of 19-year-old Moha Ramos from Real Madrid on loan.
One other player who could do with a loan spell away from the Midlands club is left back Jonathan Grounds, who was unfortunate to pick up an injury in pre-season that has put him out of action for most of the season so far.
Even before the occurrence of this injury, it was becoming clear that Grounds would not necessarily be in Clotet’s immediate plans, with the 31-year-old’s place in the squad now severely under threat due to the Blues possessing full backs Steve Seddon, Cheick Keita, Kristian Pedersen and youngster Ryan Burke, all of which play in the same position as Grounds.
And the omens don’t look good for the former Oldham Athletic man, with Grounds having spent time out on loan last season with Bolton Wanderers, for whom he didn’t perform brilliantly, as his performance rating from WhoScored.com suggests. A loan move would most definitely have been the best option for a player that is coming towards the end of his career.