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23-y/o should be demanding starting berth as Birmingham City player continues to struggle

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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 perspective on the situation at hand…

Birmingham City’s frustrating start to the season continued at the weekend, with Pep Clotet’s side losing 1-0 at home to promotion hopefuls Fulham.

Blues have endured a turbulent opening few months of the campaign, and currently sit 13th in the Sky Bet Championship table after winning seven out of 16 matches thus far.

Clotet’s men have looked like a really strong unit at times – a unit capable of putting a string of results together and pushing up the league table.

But they have brought back down to earth in recent weeks, losing 4-2 to Cardiff and then losing by a goal to nil against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

It was a game with very little quality from both sides, and the goal that won the game was far from special, either – Lee Camp dropping a cross, allowing the division’s top goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic to tap home.

It has been a largely inconsistent start to the season for Camp, who has started every single Championship game thus far.

The 35-year-old has been heavily criticised since the start of the season and has made a host of glaring errors in-between the sticks. His mistake in the 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic last month stands out like a sore thumb.

But Clotet has stuck with Camp and shown faith in the former Cardiff and Sunderland shot-stopper, with Connal Trueman still waiting in the wings for his chance.

Trueman, despite Camp’s errors, is yet to be given a chance to impress Clotet this season, and hasn’t made an appearance for Blues since last August.

At 23, he’s getting to the age now where he needs to start playing games regularly, as sitting on the bench week in, week out can’t be doing any good for his confidence nor his growth whatsoever. If he can’t get a game whilst Camp continues to perform way below-par, then what message does that send to him?

All Trueman can continue to do is work in hard in training and keep on impressing when he can, and if it gets to January and he still hasn’t played, a knock on Clotet’s door asking for a move elsewhere could well be on the cards.

Do Birmingham need a new keeper in January?

Yes

Yes

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Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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