Pep Clotet will be hoping for a busy final few weeks of the window as he looks to add to his Birmingham City squad.
Blues have endured a tough season so far and the priority for the boss will be to add more firepower to the team. Therefore, reports linking the Championship side with a move for Swiss international Mario Gavranovic will have excited fans.
The 30-year-old has been a key figure for Dinamo Zagreb over the years and is expected to go to Euro 2020 with his country this summer.
However, as our graphic shows, Gavranovic has struggled at times this season, scoring just four goals and contributing one assist from almost 1,200 minutes on the pitch, which equates to around 13 games.
When you consider that the Croatian champions are extremely dominant domestically, it should have resulted in more goals for the player.
And, that is reflected in the expected goals for Gavranovic, with the stats suggesting that he should be on eight for the season.
Whilst you can look at that positively on one hand, in the sense that he is clearly capable of getting himself into dangerous positions, meaning his movement is impressive, it also suggests he isn’t ruthless.
The harsh reality is that Blues aren’t going to be anywhere near as dominant as Zagreb and they will require a player who can finish ruthlessly when any chances comes his way.
It doesn’t appear as though Gavranovic is that man if you look solely at his performances this season. In fairness to the ex-Rijeka man, his goal record over the years in Croatia especially suggests that this is just a bad run of form.
But, that leads to another potential problem with the player – his age. At 30, Blues would be bringing in a player who is probably past his best now and is certainly not someone with the long-term in mind.
Even though Gavranovic is a versatile forward who would link play and contribute in other ways, it doesn’t seem as though he would be the ideal fit for Birmingham right now.
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They need a goalscorer to help Lukas Jutkiewicz and given how Che Adams performed alongside the big target man last season you would think the recruitment team would be targeting someone similar to the Southampton man – a player with pace, mobility and one who can run in behind.
That’s not really Gavranovic’s game, so whilst he may be a signing that has excited and intrigued the fans, he may not be the right fit.
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