Birmingham City have turned a major corner this season under manager Gary Rowett by recovering from the horrors of last season under Lee Clark.
Last season, they sacked Clarke in the middle of the season and were fighting relegation after a humiliating 8-0 defeat to Bournemouth. They had one of the worst defences in the league and an attack which lacked potency.
It seemed that they needed a miracle, but Rowett came in from Burton Albion who he was leading to promotion and turned the club around in half a season.
He strengthened the defence, making them one of the tightest units in the country without spending anything. Michael Morrison came in on loan from Charlton Athletic and hugely strengthened the back four. Rowett signed Morrison on a permanent deal for this season and he seems to have brought the best out of the defence, with Paul Robinson, Morrison and Paul Caddis all playing excellently.
Rowett has built a promotion challenging squad on a shoestring budget with Maikel Kieftenbeld, Jacques Maghoma and Diego Fabbrini all coming in on permanent deals to bolster midfield creativity.
He has spent little but seen results, and took advantage of the loan market as well acquiring Jon Toral from Arsenal after his good spell with Brentford last year. He has also replaced young starlet Demarai Gray who left for Leicester City in January.
The one problem for Birmingham has been their strikers, with the inconsistency of Clayton Donaldson proving a problem. His finishing has dwindled in the new year as has his goals, and fans feel if they miss out on play-offs this season, they will desperately need a striker in the summer.
Rowett has tried to mend this with quick fixes like signing James Vaughan on loan from Huddersfield Town, but this has proved unsuccessful. They have talented youngster Brock Madsen on the bench, but that would be a big responsibility for a young man to shoulder.
Also, they signed Kyle Lafferty on loan from Norwich City, hoping he will fix the problem and fire them to the play-offs. If this fails, then here are FIVE ideal strikers Rowett could bring in to partner Donaldson next season…
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