It is safe to say the 2017/18 Championship season hasn’t gone exactly to plan for Birmingham City.
Appointing Harry Redknapp towards the end of last season, the former Tottenham manager accepted terms on a one-year deal in the summer, and was handed a substantial transfer budget to ensure the Blues were transformed into promotion candidates.
It did not quite work out, and Redknapp was sacked very early into the season.
Steve Cotterill took over last month, but things have not greatly improved since the former Nottingham Forest boss’ appointment.
January could prove to be huge for the club, with the transfer window sure to be utilised in the new year.
Having invested heavily in the summer however, Birmingham’s Chinese owners may be more cautious in their approach to this window, and Cotterill may have to navigate the market shrewdly, picking up bargains along the way.
Targeting players with contracts expiring in the summer could be an option, and these three should be on Cotterill’s wishlist…