With the dust having settled on what was a tumultuous Championship campaign for Birmingham City, manager Garry Monk will be hoping to better the club’s 17th place finish next year.
However, the 40-year-old could be facing an uphill battle to drag the club away from a possible relegation battle if he loses his talisman Che Adams this summer.
According to the Daily Echo, Southampton are reportedly interested in signing the forward who fired in 22 goals last season in the second-tier for the Blues.
If this is indeed true, it is imperative that Monk lines up a sufficient replacement for Adams between now and August as a failure to do so could be disastrous for Birmingham’s future.
Yet whereas it would be easy to go and sign a player based solely on their stats, the former Swansea City boss should be considering bringing in a player who could be the ideal striker partner for Lukas Jutkiewicz.
One of the Blues’ stand-out players during the 2018/19 campaign, the 30-year-old was directly involved in 24 goals for his side and proved to be a real threat in the Championship.
Keeping this in mind, here are three players who we should think Birmingham should sign if Adams decides to leave…
One of Barnsley’s stand-out performers in League One last season, Kieffer Moore looked almost certain to surpass the 20 goal mark before suffering a serious head injury in February which resulted in him missing two months of action.
Although he ended the campaign as the Tykes’ top-scorer, there will be questions surrounding his suitability to Championship football given his relatively poor record at this particular level.
However, based on his outstanding consistency for Daniel Stendel’s side over the past year, Moore could prove to be a fantastic addition for Birmingham if they decide to swoop for him as he seemingly has all the ingredients needed to strike up a lethal partnership with Jutkiewicz.
Despite failing to leave a lasting impression on Rafael Benitez during his time at Newcastle United, Ivan Toney has since taking his game to new levels at Peterborough United.
An instinctive forward who is equally as lethal in the air as well as with his feet, the 23-year-old managed to find the back of the net on 16 occasions in the third tier last season and may be tempted challenge himself at a higher level next year.
If Toney does become available for transfer, Birmingham simply have to consider taking a risk on him as it could turn out to be an inspired signing as he is no stranger to the 4-4-2 formation having previously played in at Northampton Town during Chris Wilder’s reign at the club.
Having played a huge role in Charlton’s promotion to the Championship last month, Lyle Taylor is playing arguably the best football of his career to date and therefore should have no problems coping with the step up in level next season.
A powerful forward who is extremely composed in-front of goal, the 29-year-old could turn out to be the ideal replacement for Adams as he possesses similar quality to the Blues’ front-man.
With no fewer than 38 goal contributions to his name during the 2018/19 campaign, Taylor could make himself a hero at St Andrew’s if he can replicate this kind of form over the coming years for Birmingham.