This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet has enjoyed a fairly solid start to the season, with the Blues in eighth spot in the league after four rounds of fixtures, ahead of the weekend trip to in-form Swansea City.
One player not in Clotet’s immediate plans is midfielder Charlie Lakin who has moved to Stevenage on a season-long loan, as confirmed on the Boro club website.
The 20-year-old joins the League Two club after one appearance for the Blues this season in the EFL Cup having made his Birmingham debut in February 2018.
Stevenage are winless this season after three defeats in their first four outings and Lakin could make his debut away at Mansfield on Saturday.
So is Lakin’s move to Stevenage a good move for all concerned?
“This is a good move.
“Stevenage need a little bit more at the moment and Lakin has the quality to provide that.
“Birmingham have seen that he might not get to play much this season and so it makes sense to give him the chance to get senior minutes at a good club.
“It’s one of those deals where you can see plenty of advantages to it and now the wait will be on to see if that is exactly what pans out.”
“I can see this being a good move for all parties.
“Lakin is a decent player but he probably wasn’t going to get much of a chance in the first-team at Birmingham this season – he hasn’t even made the bench for any of their four Championship games so far.
“Sending him out on loan will allow him to experience regular first-team football and he could be a decent signing for Stevenage.
“He will be determined to prove that he deserves another chance at Birmingham and he could be able to make an impact for League Two.
“Birmingham have got the option to recall him in January, so he could return to St Andrew’s sooner then he may have thought if he does well.”
“This is the best move for both parties involved in my opinion.
“Lakin only made 11 appearances in total for Birmingham last season, but is highly unlikely to be featuring as much under Pep Clotet this season for the Blues.
“He’s featured once in the Carabao Cup this term, but it’s clear to see that he won’t be playing his part for Birmingham in the 2019/20 season.
“At the age of 20, he’s still a young player who could benefit from a full season in senior football, so it’s the right decision by Birmingham to loan him out.
“If he can impress with Stevenage, then Clotet could have a welcome selection dilemma on his hands heading into next season.
“He’ll be keen to make a name for himself out on loan with the League Two side, that’s for sure.”