This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Birmingham City have reportedly beaten Sheffield Wednesday to the signing of Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove, with the move expected to be completed today.
So, is it a good signing for Birmingham? And do they need him?
Our FLW writers give their verdict…
Birmingham need goals and so when that is the case you sign a striker, though Cosgrove hasn’t been the most prolific at times.
I think he offers similar qualities to Lukas Jutkiewicz and I think Aitor Karanka is thinking this will help share the workload in terms of a forward that can have balls pinged into him as that focal point.
I don’t think it directly allows the Blues to get more goals from Cosgrove but his added impetus and dynamic could perhaps spark better attacking play from the team as a whole, so let’s see.
Did each of these 18 ex-Birmingham City players ever score a goal at St Andrew’s?
This is a really interesting development.
It seems as if Birmingham have realised they need a striker, so have decided to go with two of the most exciting ones from Scotland in Cosgrove and Kevin Nisbet.
I like the look of Cosgrove. He’s obviously been linked with moves to the Championship before, and his goal record in the SPFL has been really impressive.
My only worry is that he doesn’t really bring anything different to what Lukas Jutkiewicz brings. He is a tall, physical option, and I think a smaller, more dynamic option is needed.
If they can get balls into the box for him, though, then he should score plenty.
This looks like a great deal for all parties.
Sam Cosgrove has built quite a reputation after an excellent couple of years for Aberdeen and it seemed like it was just a matter of time until he moved to England.
Birmingham City could be the ideal fit.
Aitor Karanka loves a striker who is big, powerful and a good finisher and Cosgrove ticks all of those boxes.
The 24-year-old has his best years ahead of him and it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on at St Andrew’s.