Birmingham City have had a solid start to the Sky Bet Championship season, which has seen them move, somewhat unnoticed, into the play-off positions.
Under the guidance of Gary Rowett, Birmingham have excelled in the past 18 months, and some would say they are punching above their weight given the depth and quality of their squad.
However, they won’t be getting too carried away with their start after they had a similar beginning to their last campaign, but they will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the ending.
The Blues capitulated after Christmas last season, but Birmingham fans would expect Rowett to have learned from it, so it won’t happen again this time around.
To avoid history repeating itself, Rowett must recruit smartly in January and add to the strength-in-depth in his squad, but he will need the backing of the owners.
Here, FootballLeagueWorld writer Chris Wilson identifies FOUR top-flight outcasts who Birmingham should be keeping tabs on ahead of the January window…