If the small matter of the Second City derby was not enough for Birmingham City manager Garry Monk to be thinking about, then there is the small matter of the expected £5m bid for Blues striker Che Adams, that is on its way from Stoke City, according to The Telegraph.
Adams played for Rowett when he was in charge at St Andrews and so could be tempted to link up with his former boss.
So is this Stoke interest in Che Adams a worry for Garry Monk and Birmingham?
Oh of course it is.
Adams’ partnership with Jutkiewicz has been what has carried the club so far this season so breaking that up would be a disaster.
I don’t think Stoke are an appealing enough prospect at the moment but Monk should be prepared.
With their financial circumstance, it’s certainly a perilous position to be in.
If a substantial offer for one of Birmingham’s better players comes in then it must be considered, surely, due to the money situation.
If I were Garry Monk I would be panicking at this reported interest and hope that nothing comes of it in the New Year.
I can’t see Blues selling Adams.
He’s been such an important player for them this year, and is definitely worth more than £5million.
I’d be very surprised if he left.