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‘Bright future ahead’, ‘Be a regular soon enough’ – Many Birmingham fans heap praise on teenager after Bristol City win

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Birmingham City teenager Jordan James made his senior debut in the 3-0 win against Bristol City at St Andrew’s yesterday and many Blues fans have heaped praise on him via Twitter after the game. 

It was a dominant display from Lee Bowyer’s side, who have rediscovered their mojo and now won three on the bounce to move to within two points of the Championship’s top six.

Riley McGree’s deflected effort gave the hosts the lead inside the first 15 minutes while Troy Deeney and Gary Gardner both added goals after the hour-mark to ensure all three points stayed in the Second City.

With six minutes to go and the Blues in a commanding position, Bowyer took the chance to introduce James – the 17-year-old midfielder that had been included in a senior matchday squad for the first time for the midweek Championship clash.

The Welshman was one of 12 players given academy scholarships by the club in October 2020, having been part of the pre-academy system for nine years prior.

That work appears to be paying off as James, who Blues head of professional development phase Mike Dodds described in 2020 as “technically very good and versatile”, has fought his way into contention for the first team and got his chance last night.

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The teenager took to Twitter to voice his pride in making his debut and thank everyone that had helped him to that point.

The St Andrew’s faithful certainly seem to have been impressed by James in the glimpse they got of him last night, with many voicing their thoughts on Twitter…


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: ‘Bright future ahead’, ‘Be a regular soon enough’ – Many Birmingham fans heap praise on teenager after Bristol City win

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