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Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet has a decision to make about midfielder Kerim Mrabti, amid interest from German second-tier side Hamburg and Portuguese outfit Braga, as reported on Birmingham Live.
Mrabti has only been at St Andrew’s since January and this season has managed only one substitute appearance in the win over Brentford, on the opening day of the season.
So should the Blues sell or look to keep Mrabti amid this European interest?
“I’m not sure about this one. Mrabti has struggled to make an impact for Birmingham since he moved to St Andrew’s in January, so the club may not be that concerned about the possibility of losing him.
“Birmingham brought in Dan Crowley and Fran Villalba during the summer transfer window and both players have impressed in attacking midfield so far, so you wonder how confident Mrabti would be holding down a regular spot in the starting XI.
“However, I’m not sure that Birmingham should sell him without the opportunity to sign a replacement, because injuries and suspensions can play their part over the course of the season.
“If Mrabti is not actively pushing for a move away from St Andrew’s, then it makes sense for Birmingham to keep hold of him for now.”
“They’ll be tempted to cash in on him if the opportunity arises.
“Mrabti hasn’t exactly set the word alight since joining Birmingham, and he could be wanting regular first-team football, which he’s unlikely to get with the Blues.
“He’s only made one substitute appearance so far this season, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he tried to force a move away from the club in the near future.
“He’s behind Jacques Maghoma and Dan Crowley in the pecking order, and I just can’t see a future for him at Birmingham.
“He’s a good player, but will need to do something special if he is to break into the starting XI anytime soon.
“His days at St Andrew’s are numbered.”
“Mrabti isn’t a first team regular at present, but what would be the point in selling him? Even if they’re not sure whether they need him or not, they can’t use the money until January.
“For a side like Birmingham, perhaps a little low on quality, this would be a ridiculous move at this stage of the season.
“I like Mrabti and I think there is more to come. It’s hard when a player signs for a club in the winter window, settling in is much harder. These dyas you’re judged a flop if you don’t have an instant impact, but that shouldn’t be the case.
“Selling him would be the wrong move. Wait until January and who knows, he might have broken into the side.”