A number of Birmingham City supporters have been bemoaning the performance of Mikel San Jose following the Blues’ 2-0 defeat against Blackburn Rovers at St Andrews on Saturday.
Aitor Karanka’s side headed into the game needing to show a response from their 4-0 defeat against Derby County, but their struggles in the final third and at home so far this campaign once again hampered them against Blackburn. Karanka’s side were second best for large periods and ultimately ended up suffering a tenth league defeat of the season.
One player who struggled against Blackburn was San Jose, who started the game in an unnatural centre-back role and never really seemed to get grips with playing at the heart of the Blues’ defence. The 31-year-old’s lack of pace and mobility was exploited for Rovers’ opening goal by Adam Armstrong and the one-time Spain international looked uncomfortable throughout the game.
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San Jose’s passing abilities are normally reliable and he has averaged 0.8 key passes and a 70% passing accuracy so far this campaign, but against Blackburn, he gave the ball away on 24 occasions (Sofascore) and that prevented the Blues from being able to build up much momentum on the ball.
Many Birmingham fans were quick to highlight how uncomfortable he looked playing in defence, while there were one or two who were questioning whether he still has the legs or ability to be performing week in week out in a physically demanding league like the Championship.
Here then, we take a look at some of the best reactions to San Jose’s performance on social media…
On a positive note, thought JCS played well today. I think Colin, Dean, JCS, Seddon/Friend in defence could be solid. San Jose very poor at CB. #bcfc
— Tom (@bcfctambo) January 2, 2021
— Gary J. Richards (@TheGJRichards) January 2, 2021
Sadly can't deal with the pace or the physical side of the championship
— Jon Merrell (@IMRMEZZI) January 2, 2021
I've been saying that …he's so slow its unbelievable…
— Jimg (@Jim91112164) January 2, 2021
San Jose is past it btw #bcfc
— Ellis🏴🇯🇲 (@Ellis_22) January 2, 2021
He’s nowhere near good enough now at this stage in his career for this league. Do not understand why so many were getting excited by his signing.. same applies to Clayton & Friend I’m afraid.
— Richard Edwards (@richeddy7) January 2, 2021
Colin has to be RB and San Jose not a centre half #bcfc
— trevor reeves (@TrevReeves) January 2, 2021