Birmingham City would have been looking to make a statement of intent in the summer, as Pep Clotet prepared for his first season in charge of the club.
It was a hectic end to the 2018/19 season for Blues. Garry Monk was gone after his relationship with the board became fractious, and then came the departures of some pretty important players.
Jota moved to arch rivals Aston Villa, which ultimately tipped Monk over the edge according to some reports, and following Jota out of the exit door was top scorer Che Adams who joined Southampton.
Clotet had to get fans back on board, then, and with a week to go until the first game of the season at Brentford, Blues completed a high-profile signing themselves.
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In came Ivan Sunjic from Dinamo Zagreb, and here, we take a look at Birmingham fans’ reactions to the midfielder’s arrival at St. Andrew’s.
OFFICIAL: Blues have signed Croatia Under-21s Captain Ivan Sunjic.
The midfielder moves from @gnkdinamo for an undisclosed fee and has penned a five-year contract.
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) July 26, 2019
This was a big signing for Blues. Even though Sunjic wasn’t a direct replacement for Adams and Jota, he looked to add class and quality to the central midfield department.
Arriving on a five-year deal for a reported fee of £6.3m, Sunjic had been a star player for Zagreb in the Europa League last term, and was the captain of Croatia’s youth side.
The arrival of the 23-year-old looked to be a real coup for Blues, and here’s how fans reacted…
For everyone who saw Hayden Mullins, Darius Dudka, Darren Ambrose, Olly Lee, Morgaro Gomis, Papa Boupa Diop, Guy Moussi, Brian Howard, Wade Elliott, Callum Reilly, Olly Lee, Tom Adeyemi, Stephen Gleeson, Robert Tesche, Cheikh N'Doye, Ryan Lowe and Olly Lee.
This is for you. 💙
— JUUUUUUUKE (@thehbomb87) July 26, 2019
— Louise (@lou1875) July 26, 2019
Proper signing, proper contract as well. Good times.
— SWKRO (@KRO1975) July 26, 2019
Since his arrival at Blues, Sunjic has gone on to become a really key player under Clotet.
The Bosnian-born midfielder has made 39 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice and adding real quality in the middle of the park.
His temperament has come into question on a couple of occasions, having picked up yellow cards and one red card this term, but his contribution to the team cannot be overlooked.
It looks to be a rather quiet end to the season for Blues, whose impressive unbeaten run in the Championship came to an end in their most recent match, against Reading.
But it has been a steady season for Clotet’s side, who sit eight points clear of relegation and nine points off the top-six.
The Spaniard would have learnt a lot in his first season in charge, and next season, Sunjic could prove to be even more important to Blues.
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