Connect with us

Birmingham City

Should Birmingham re-sign this former star?



Clayton Donaldson was released by Sheffield United after one season at the club.

The 34-year-old was never a guaranteed first-team starter for the Blades because Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp were both above him in the pecking order with James Wilson joining on loan in January.

His goals helped Sheffield United finish just outside the play-offs in 10th place after a poor second half of the season cost them. However, Chris Wilder needs to improve the team if they want to consistently challenge for the play-offs, so Donaldson was one of the players to lose out.

Donaldson made 26 league appearances for United with a return of five goals and an assist. Although only nine of those games were starts with his playing time being 942 minutes.

He scored braces against Sunderland and Aston Villa. They ensured a win against Sunderland and a draw with Villa while his other goal against Norwich was crucial, so altogether he provided the team with six points.

His other statistics show how he acted as an all-round threat in the team, though. He averaged 1.5 key passes as well as 1.6 aerial duels won per game, so he was a physical presence, but also had the composure on the ball to take advantage of openings and play his teammates in.

Donaldson’s shot volume is low as well because he only averaged 0.8 per game, which suggests that he acted as a foil for his striker partner to play off.

Re-signing him wouldn’t be the worst idea for the Blues even though he is 34-years-old because he could help get the best out of Che Adams due to his selflessness in the final third while also providing a goalscoring threat himself.