Birmingham City have confirmed the signing of a Spanish goalkeeper Andres Prieto from La Liga outfit Espanyol.
The Blues have secured the deal on a free and the 26-year-old signs a three-year deal at St Andrew’s with an option for another year.
Signing a new goalkeeper was a priority for Aitor Karanka at the Midlands side, with the club having no senior goalkeeper up until today after Lee Camp was released from his contract at the club, and Connal Trueman was loaned out to League One side AFC Wimbledon.
Prieto has played for a number of Spanish clubs having featured from Real Madrid’s B and C sides before moves to Espanyol, Malaga and then back to Espanyol.
The goalkeeper though has not featured heavily at all in first-team fixtures in the last few seasons, having made just seven appearances in the last three seasons.
Naturally, the club announcement from Birmingham sparked quite a varied reaction from Blues fans on social media, with most simply just happy to get a goalkeeper through the door.
Many seem to think that Prieto will just be utilised as back-up judging by the social media response also.
Here we take a look at how Blues fans are feeling towards the news….
Really happy with this! But what does this mean about the Etheridge deal being back on? Will it still happen or will it not… hopefully it does and Prieto is a back up signing. #bcfc https://t.co/wngA95KjY2
— breathe.blues (@BluesBreathe) August 28, 2020
— ANE (@AllNewsEFL) August 28, 2020
Who knows if he’s the number one or not!! A keeper is through the door which was needed. We need another one still (Etheridge)?? But this lad seems to have a bit about him. Loving the reveals so far and more to come you would think 👀🙏 #bcfc https://t.co/bMtLa8cEMy
— Michael Edwards (@BcfcMichael) August 28, 2020
Back up. https://t.co/foi4sHWQeF
— Blues Central (@bluescentral_) August 28, 2020
Not a clue who this fella his but just seen he’s got 12 bookings in 80 games with one of them in a game he didn’t even play, im all here for it https://t.co/vqW2e1adml
— ryan crozier (@ryncrzz) August 28, 2020
— T🌍🏐 (@TCFC1875) August 28, 2020
Karanka isn’t messing about is he? 🤪 https://t.co/lzuBhEYD8Q
— kels 🦋 (@KELSEARAVENHILL) August 28, 2020
decent second choice that https://t.co/UNhxc6mTIj
— 🅵 (@fredbcfc) August 28, 2020
Hello, hello Andres Prieto 🇪🇸
26-year-old joins from Español. We needed a GK – and the club have answered!
Fire up the promotion bus baby 🚌🚌🚌🚌 https://t.co/qJb75G8IlJ
— Hayden Atkins (@BrummieHayden) August 28, 2020
— Kei (@KEIA96_) August 28, 2020
Building a decent squad now ay we. Everyone wants Etheridge but idrc I’m happy to see we’ve got a keeper at least https://t.co/XYFqsntiJk
— ben 🐢 (@benwilsxnbcfc) August 28, 2020