Ivan Sunjic has certainly gone on to divide opinions at Birmingham City since making the move to St. Andrew’s in the summer.
The Croatian midfielder arrived in the West Midlands from Dinamo Zagreb in July, completing a move to St. Andrew’s for a reported fee of £6.3m on a five-year deal.
Having featured in the Europa League on eight occasions last term, as well as earning rave reviews whilst playing 57 times for Croatia’s youth team, Sunjic was seen as somewhat of a coup for Blues.
After losing the likes of Che Adams and Jota in the summer, Clotet needed to make a statement, and despite Sunjic playing in a completely different position to those players, you felt that this was that statement.
Fast forwarded nine months, and Sunjic has enjoyed a decent, steady campaign at St. Andrew’s, in a season where Blues languish just below mid-table in the Championship table.
The 23-year-old has established himself as a regular, making 39 appearances across all competitions following his move from his native country.
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A fiery character in central midfield, Sunjic has picked up eight yellow cards and one red card thus far, therefore his temperament is something that has had to be controlled.
Going forward, the midfielder has chipped in with only two goals and zero assists, therefore Blues fans may have been hoping for slightly more from him in that respect.
Looking ahead to the future, and it’s likely to be a busy summer for Blues, with speculation in Jude Bellingham likely to intensify amid interest from the likes of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.
Whether Sunjic will be targeted by another club remains to be seen, but with over four years left on his deal in the West Midlands, it’s unlikely that they will sell him anytime soon.
If Blues did field interest in Sunjic, then it would take a lot for them to sell the midfielder given the length on his contract and the price they signed him for in the summer.