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22-y/o must take advantage of Birmingham City injury setback following reports



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Player View’ series, this content strand is where we put ourselves in the shoes of a given player, and offer an opinion-based outlook on the situation at hand…

Jake Clarke-Salter has started the last four matches for Birmingham City in the Championship and scored his first goal for the Blues in the 1-1 draw with Millwall last weekend.

The 22-year-old joined Birmingham on a season-long loan from Chelsea in the summer, but he struggled to make an impact after arriving at St Andrew’s.

The defender managed just two appearances in the first three months of the season, but this changed recently when a suspension to Blues captain Harlee Dean presented him with an opportunity to have a run of games in the side at centre-back.

Clarke-Salter impressed with his performances and did enough to keep his place in the side for the clash with Millwall at the weekend – despite Dean being available again following his suspension.

If recent reports are to be believed, Chelsea are considering recalling Clarke-Salter from his loan spell at Birmingham in January, due to concerns over his lack of game time at St Andrew’s.

The Independent reported earlier this week that Clarke-Salter’s recent displays for the Blues have attracted interest from other Championship clubs ahead of the January transfer window.

Chelsea are thought to be considering recalling the centre-back, before sending him out on loan elsewhere – to guarantee him game time for the remainder of the season.

The timing of the recent reports is very interesting, because it seems as though Clarke-Salter has just been able to establish himself in the Birmingham team.

Furthermore, with Marc Roberts set to miss the next four to six weeks with an ankle injury, Clarke-Salter has a real opportunity to nail down a place in the side.

It’s far more beneficial for all parties for Clarke-Salter to remain at Birmingham. He’s settled at St Andrew’s and has a manager in Pep Clotet who understands how to get the best out of him.

He’s need to be playing regular first team football to help his chances of getting into the team at Chelsea and he’s pretty much guaranteed to get that at Birmingham at the moment.

If Cheslea were to recall him in January and send him out on loan to another Championship club, there’s no guarantee that he’d start every week and that would have to be considered a blow him after doing so well to get into the Birmingham side.

He’s had to be patient to wait for an chance in the team, but he’s done well over the past few matches and with Roberts out injured, he now has the opportunity to try and kick on and cement his place in the team for the rest of the season.

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He’s got to keep working hard in training and make sure that he keeps impressing on the pitch too.

It would make no sense for him to return to Chelsea and it would harm his chances of making it at Stamford Bridge in the future as well.

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