This article is part of Football League World’s ‘What does the future hold?’ series, this content strand is where we evaluate and subjectively debate a player’s future at their current club…
Birmingham City have had a somewhat inconsistent campaign so far, although the Blues are not in any danger of relegation with nine games left to play.
The club have faired competitively in all of their games and have even unearthed one of the hottest prospects in football at this current time through youngster Jude Bellingham.
However, one player who is often in the side is defender Marc Roberts, he’s featured 28 times this season and is often partnered by either Harlee Dean or Jake Clarke-Salter.
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The former Barnsley man has showed signs of consistency, but he still has a tendency to switch off and it can hurt Birmingham on many an occasion.
Is the 29-year-old going to play at a higher level in the future? Probably not, but Pep Clotet and his side have to make it easy for his qualities to show and that’s by bringing in a highly-rated centre-back besides him otherwise he’ll depart just like Michael Morrison did.
Roberts often shows ability and also isn’t afraid to use his feet in the Championship in order to get the ball up the pitch, but he has to be given a much tougher defensive structure around him in order to ensure that Clotet’s side and the player himself can improve in the future.
If he sees no evidence that the club are going to try and move forward, then it wouldn’t be a surprise whatsoever to see the centre-back look for a move away.