Following a relatively underwhelming start to the 2019/20 campaign, Birmingham City have picked up their performance levels in recent weeks under the guidance of head coach Pep Clotet.
Since their New Year’s Day defeat to Wigan Athletic, the Blues have embarked on a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
As well as booking their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Birmingham have climbed up to the 14th in the Championship standings.
Whilst the Blues will be determined to close the gap between them and the play-off places in the coming weeks, they may be forced to settle for another season in the second-tier.
However, regardless of what division his side find themselves in, Clotet will unquestionably be looking to cut ties with a number of individuals in the summer transfer window.
Here, we take a look at two players who Birmingham are likely to move on following the culmination of the current campaign…
Since joining Birmingham in 2017 from Italian side Virtus Entella, Cheick Keita has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter for the club.
After being loaned out to Belgian outfit KAS Eupen for the previous campaign, the defender has been forced to watch on from the sidelines this season due to the form illustrated by Kristian Pedersen.
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With his contract set to expire this summer, it would be somewhat of a shock if Keita doesn’t make a permanent exit from St Andrew’s following what has been a frustrating spell.
Signed by Birmingham in 2014, Jonathan Grounds initially made a positive start to life in the West Midlands as he emerged as a mainstay in the heart of the club’s defence.
However, after suffering a serious knee injury towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign, the defender made a temporary move to Bolton Wanderers last season where he struggled for consistency.
Given that he has yet to make an appearance for Birmingham this season, Grounds is unlikely to be offered a new deal by the club when his existing contract runs out in June.