With tensions running high amongst Birmingham City supporters right now, Lee Bowyer could do with engineering a victory on the road this afternoon as the Blues face Preston North End at Deepdale.
Current social media protests over the ownership group of the Midlands club could potentially spill into the stands and some of the latest business at the club hasn’t done much to sway things.
With Troy Deeney out injured for a month and options limited at the top end of the pitch, the Blues hierarchy have decided to let summer signing Chuks Aneke return to Charlton Athletic on a permanent deal.
Quiz: Can you name which club Birmingham City signed these 28 midfielders from?
Injuries really have hamstrung Bowyer in the last few weeks, with youngsters such as George Hall and Tate Campbell getting chances due to a full treatment room.
Ivan Sanchez, Jordan Graham and new signing Taylor Richards are amongst some of the players who were definitely going to be missing this afternoon but there was hope for Jeremie Bela, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Marc Roberts.
Thankfully for Bowyer that trio are all back in the starting line-up and there’s also a debut for Onel Hernandez after his signing from Norwich City yesterday.
Teden Mengi also makes his league debut for the Blues after making his bow in the FA Cup last week – let’s see how Birmingham fans are reacting to the line-up.
— 🖤ryan🖤 (@NOTWHOlUSEDTOBE) January 15, 2022
The bench gets worse every week https://t.co/FssEEgTklp
— T (@taylahbrown123) January 15, 2022
— Rob French (@FrenchRobert_) January 15, 2022
— Mark (@MarkBcfc3) January 15, 2022
— D.P.W (@DPWBCFC) January 15, 2022
I’m liking this line up 👏🏻 https://t.co/eaxPQuYcKF
— BB (@Brad_booker15) January 15, 2022
quality team 4-3-3 #BSHLOUT
— Max🇨🇺 (@HaweMax) January 15, 2022
Hernandez going straight in you love to see it
But I’d really love to see #BSHLOUT
— Brad (@Bradley_AJ) January 15, 2022
Persistent with the 3-5-2. Shame as the lineup is very promising, just a shame about the shape #BSHLOUT
— Alix Allen (@ajamesa15) January 15, 2022