Birmingham City manager Aitor Karanka has revealed his transfer strategy, and expressed that quality and experience are the two biggest assets.
The Blues boss has been a busy man in the current window, and since taking over at the club it seems as though the Spaniard has brought with him a plan on how to get the side back to competing near the top of the division.
Two of the players that have been brought in include George Friend and Adam Clayton, both of which are individuals that have worked with the manager before during his time with Middlesbrough, where he got the club into the Premier League.
Karanka has expressed that adding players with experience of promotion is very important, alongside the relevant quality that was previously missing in the squad.
Speaking to Blues Talk, Karanka said: “It’s about adding quality and experience and players who I worked with before like George (Friend) and Adam Clayton.
“We have signed people like Neil Etheridge who got promotion (with Cardiff) and Ivan Sanchez who got promotion with Elche. To have those players with that experience is important.”
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Karanka has done a fantastic job with the club so far and early signs are showing that they’re going to be a much tougher outfit to beat this season than in the last campaign under Pep Clotet.
It’s important to have a transfer strategy when managing a Championship club and Karanka seems to want a real mix of experience with a dash of quality up the pitch, something that seems to be working well so far.
It’ll be really interesting to see where Birmingham end up in the table but there’s no doubt that they look a lot more competitive in games already, and it’s only been four matches of the new season.