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Garry Monk should opt to start 25-year-old as he searches for Birmingham response: Opinion

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Despite some disappointing results in recent weeks, Birmingham City are still in with a fighting chance of making the Championship play-off places ahead of their clash with Millwall on Wednesday night.

However, Garry Monk faces a selection dilemma ahead of the big game at St Andrew’s, as his side look to respond to back-to-back defeats against Hull City and Aston Villa with three points.

While those two defeats will certainly have dented Blues fans’ hopes of making the top six, their side are still in a good position and currently sit narrowly adrift of the play-offs with 10 games remaining.

With plenty of options to consider, Monk must decide how to best configure a Blues midfield that has struggled in the past two games and will likely change things up with Gary Gardner back in contention having been ineligible at the weekend.

However, I’d like to see him make a switch up front by handing striker Isaac Vassell a first start since suffering a nightmare injury in October 2017, which saw him miss the rest of last season.

The 25-year-old has made eight substitute appearances for the Blues since returning in January and will no doubt be desperate to impress after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines.


He has been an unused substitute for the past two matches, both games in which Birmingham have failed to score, and he deserves a chance to prove himself in front of the home fans.

Furthermore, Che Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz have started the last 32 matches together and this combination is becoming too predictable for opposing teams to defend against.

In my opinion, Blues have become far too reliant on long balls to Jutkiewicz, who is without a goal since November and Monk has a good opportunity to freshen things up in attack by partnering Vassell with Adams.

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