With just over two weeks to go until the end of the January transfer window, Birmingham City head coach Pep Clotet is still hoping to strengthen his squad.
It’s fair to say that the January transfer window hasn’t always been that exciting for Birmingham fans over the past few years, with the club making just one signing in the last two winter windows combined.
However, the Blues have been linked with several players over the past few weeks and with the team struggling in the Championship at the moment, Clotet is keen to bring in some reinforcements this month so that his team can begin to climb the table again.
With this in mind, here are THREE issues Birmingham need to solve before the transfer deadline…
Sign a centre-back
Birmingham have really struggled in the Championship over the past few weeks and have conceded too many goals. If the team are to start climbing the table, their defence needs to improve.
It’s very true that the Blues’ situation hasn’t been helped by the recent injuries to Marc Roberts and Jake Clarke-Salter, but that only highlights the need for Clotet to strengthen at centre-back.
Clarke-Salter was playing really well before his injury and has performed well since his return to the side, but he’s only on loan at St Andrew’s, so the Blues will still need another option at centre-half for when he returns to Chelsea.
Sign a striker
It’s also fair to say that Birmingham could do with a bit more firepower up front. Therefore, the Blues should try to sign another striker this month to provide some competition for Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Jutkiewicz is a great striker and has already scored nine goals in the Championship this season, but he can’t do it all on his own. Alvaro Gimenez has struggled to make an impact since his summer arrival from Spain and has scored just three goals.
The Blues have, understandably, struggled to replace Che Adams and they need to find another forward who is capable of playing up front alongside Jutkiewicz.
Sign a goalkeeper
Birmingham could also do with signing another goalkeeper this month. As experienced as Lee Camp is, he’s produced some shaky performances this season and has made some big mistakes that have cost the team points.
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The fact that Clotet decided to drop him from the starting line-up earlier in the season suggests that he doesn’t see him as a good long-term option. Meanwhile, Connal Trueman has also struggled when called upon and is yet to keep a clean sheet.
Birmingham should try to sign a new goalkeeper this month, ideally one who already has a decent amount of experience in the Championship and would be able to improve the defence straight away.
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