Birmingham City will seek to record just their second Championship victory of the season when they visit Norwich City on Saturday.
Harry Redknapp’s men narrowly avoided relegation from the second tier last term, needing a 1-0 win at Bristol City on the final day to do so, yet optimism was renewed over the summer following the 70-year-old’s decision to remain in charge of the Blues.
However, they have struggled thus far with just one win in five games, with that solitary success over Bristol City back on August 12 intertwined with defeats at the hands of Ipswich Town, Burton Albion, and Reading, as well as a draw at home to Bolton Wanderers.
That leaves Redknapp’s men 20th in the division and a far cry away from where many expected them to be, with the Blues chief himself venting his frustration throughout the summer transfer window that they’d been unable to land the players needed for a promotion push.
However, the former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss did what he does best on deadline day in bringing four new players to St Andrew’s, with Jota, Maxime Colin, Jason Lowe, and Liam Walsh moving to the Midlands outfit.
And when you consider that they landed Chelsea’s highly-rated youngster Jeremie Boga on loan three days earlier, and indeed Brentford’s Harlee Dean on the penultimate day of the window, it appears that Redknapp finally does have the squad he wanted.
But now it is up to the 70-year-old to deliver, as he has repeated throughout the summer that the previous crop weren’t quite good enough, thus biding himself some time to get things right.
However, there will be no hiding away now, as they have the defensively quality in Dean, Colin, and Cohen Bramall, alongside early summer signing Marc Roberts, to perform better at the back than they have done so far this term.
And they also have the attacking capabilities in the form of Jota, Boga, and Sam Gallagher to get the goals required, and thus improve upon their meagre tally of just three goals so far this season.
It’s all there now. Redknapp has compiled a remarkably talented squad of players which should be battling near the right end of the division – it is now up to him to get the best out of them.
This team has to start winning games, this team has to start climbing the table – there are no excuses, and as such the pressure is firmly on Redknapp to take this club back to fighting for promotion.
Only time will tell whether he can do so.