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Birmingham City have enjoyed a solid start to their Championship campaign, having four points to show from their opening two fixtures, with a 1-0 win over Brentford followed by a 1-1 draw with Bristol City at the weekend.
As well as these solid results Clotet now has the benefit of loan signing Jefferson Montero, who was a deadline day addition from Swansea City where he had been since 2014.
The 29-year-old winger made 78 appearances for the Swans, while also spending spells out on-loan at Getafe, Emelec and West Brom.
So should Clotet look to get Montero involved in the Blues’ starting XI ASAP?
“Birmingham have Montero on loan for the duration of the season, so I don’t think there should be any rush to get him involved.
“The Blues have made a solid start to the league season, so they don’t need to rush in him to strengthen the side when he is not yet ready for first-team action.
“Montero is capable of being one of the most dangerous wingers in the division on his day, so it is important he is not put at risk of suffering an injury setback. The good thing is that Clotet will be aware of this after working with the winger at Swansea.
“The Ecuador international must be put on his own training regime to ensure he meets his own targets and then gets to full fitness at his own pace.”
“Having finally got a deal over the line for Montero on Friday, it will be intriguing to see just when Clotet will be willing to hand the winger his debut.
“Following a 1-0 victory over Brentford in their first Championship fixture of the season, the Blues showed promising signs for wide sways of their 1-1 draw against Bristol City at the weekend.
“With Dan Crowley and Fran Villalba delivering impressive performances at St. Andrew’s, it may be worth Clotet holding back Montero for the time being as replacing either of these two players could disrupt the flow of the team.
“Given that the Ecuadorian international is blessed with an abundance of pace, he could be used initially as an impact substitute by Birmingham as his skillset could cause havoc to tiring oppositions defences.”
“Absolutely – I think he’ll bring something of a spark to the Birmingham side.
“It’s been a steady start under Clotet, but when you consider Birmingham have lost the likes of Adams and Jota, those players to get fans on the edge of their seat are lacking.
“Montero is certainly someone who will do just that, as in full flow, he’s a real handful.
“Clotet wouldn’t have made such an effort to get him if he wasn’t firmly in his plans, so I’m expecting to see the winger drafted in at the earliest of opportunities.”