Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet has suggested that Lee Camp’s organisation and leadership skills are why he has been recalled to the XI ahead of Connal Trueman.
The experienced stopper had endured a tough start to the season which saw Clotet drop Camp for the youngster for a ten-game spell that began at the end of November up until New Years Day.
However, it didn’t change the fortunes of the team, with Blues picking up just seven points in that time.
Therefore, after an impressive display in the FA Cup against Blackburn earlier this month, Clotet decided to stick with Camp for the game at Luton on Saturday, with Birmingham securing a crucial three points.
And, whilst the Spaniard didn’t want to criticise Trueman, he explained why he made the big decision when speaking to Birmingham Live.
“When Connal came on he did a good job, he got himself a lot of experience in the Championship and got a lot of games. When it came to being away from home, I thought Campy the other day (against Blackburn) managed to control the defence very well and that he deserved to keep playing at Luton.
“That doesn’t mean that I don’t trust Connal I just picked the best one for Luton. Connal’s time will come again in his Blues career.”
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This was a big call from Clotet but it was one that worked out, with Camp performing well as Blues picked up what was a massive three points.
Having a more experienced player in these important games can help and Camp clearly is vocal and it made a difference.
It’s now his shirt to lose now but he will need to find a consistency that was missing earlier in the campaign.
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