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65.3% defensive duels won: This Birmingham City player who will attract transfer interest this summer

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Birmingham City defender Kristian Pedersen looks set to depart St Andrew’s in the summer with his contract at the club expiring in less than two months.

Talks with the Dane over a new contract have failed to be successful thus far and this could put quite a few sides on high alert over his signature with the 27-year-old expected to be available for free this summer.

Burnley, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest were all reported by Football Insider to be monitoring the versatile defender’s situation in the West Midlands ahead of a potential transfer approach, though a move didn’t materialise during the winter window.

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Now he’s available for nothing though, that’s when the trio and others could potentially make their move for the defender who may not be short of interest in the coming months despite enduring what has been another poor season for Birmingham.

He has been the subject of criticism on social media at times this term from Blues’ supporters and considering they have kept the closest tabs on his performances during the 2021/22 campaign, their judgement is probably better than anyone else’s.

But strangely enough, his stats suggest he hasn’t endured a poor individual campaign despite his side finishing 20th in the second-tier table and having the fourth worst defensive record in the division, conceding 75 goals in 46 league games.

Winning 65.3% of his defensive duels this term, Pedersen has been reasonably dominant at the back and has also come out on top in 60.3% of his aerial battles, not exactly a total that will blow sides away but one that certainly won’t deter interested clubs in their potential quest to recruit him.

Also making an average of 6.47 interceptions per match and making 2.57 clearances, this indicates how involved he has been in during games and perhaps this is no surprise considering how much Lee Bowyer’s side have been under the cosh this season.

Going forward, he has scored two goals in 37 league appearances during 2021/22 but may have been disappointed not to have scored more goals after managing to complete 60.4% of his dribbles, showcasing how good he can be on the ball last weekend as he held on to the ball well to get on the scoresheet against Blackburn Rovers.

One red flag comes in the ball retention department though, losing it 9.78 times on average and this is alarming considering he often plies his trade at centre-back as well as a left wing-back.

This stat can perhaps be forgiven considering some of his performances this term have come from the latter position, but nonetheless, it’s something he will want to improve when he finds his next destination.

All statistics are courtesy of wyscout.com


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