Birmingham City have announced that David Stockdale, Cheick Keita and Jefferson Montero will all be leaving the club at the end of next month, which has drawn an interesting reaction from many Blues fans.
The EFL season has now been delayed for more than two months and looks likely to run deep into the summer should it be resumed.
Even so, it appears the Blues have been busy preparing for the exits of a number of players who it appears are deemed excess to requirements.
📝 David Stockdale and Cheick Keita will leave Blues when their contracts expire at the end of June.
The Club can also confirm that it will not be extending Jefferson Montero's loan from Swansea City.
— Birmingham City FC (at 🏠) (@BCFC) May 25, 2020
It was announced today that Stockdale and Keita would be leaving the club when their current contracts expire at the end of June,
The Blues have also revealed they will not be extending Montero’s loan deal, which is set to expire on the 30th of June.
Stockdale has made just 40 appearances since joining from Brighton in 2017, with the goalkeeper having spent the majority of the last few seasons out on loan.
Keita arrived in January 2017 but the 24-year-old left-back has not featured for the senior side since his first two seasons at the club – making 11 appearances in total.
Montero was brought in on a season-long loan deal from Swansea in August but has struggled to make much of an impact in the final third, adding just one assist and no goals in his 18 appearances.
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The exit of Keita appears to be a particularly contentious one for the St Andrew’s faithful, with many Blues fans taking to Twitter to reveal their disappointment at his time with the Birmingham club.
Read their reaction here:
The handling of Cheick Kieta has been awful, the kid is so talented and hasn't had a look in since Zola. Disgrace
— Matt King (@KINGY10193) May 25, 2020
Justice for Keita
— Sam.🙏 (@samm_2304) May 25, 2020
Real shame about Keita has talent no doubt but hasn’t been given a fair shout from a few managers we’ve had now? Stockdale was buzzing when we signed him no idea what went wrong for him good luck to them all
— Matt Chance (@_chancey_) May 25, 2020
Losing Keita is a shame, he never really did get a chance. As for Stockdale, that’ll help the wage bill 👍🏼
— Tom Richman (@tomrichman94) May 25, 2020
I know he’s not played for about five years but I’m gutted we didn’t give Keita a chance.
— JUUUUUUUKE (@thehbomb87) May 25, 2020
Keita noooooooooooo pic.twitter.com/qcYh3L53eN
— .misterdavid.🌎🏐🏴 (@davrosflatlee) May 25, 2020
Really thought Keita was going to be class. Good riddance to Stockdale stolen a living from the club.
— James (@bcfcjames) May 25, 2020
Cheick Keita to become a world class players is nailed on.
— Ryan Seal (@ryanbcfc94) May 25, 2020