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Mikel San Jose’s time at Birmingham City looks set to come to an end, according to We Are Birmingham.
The 31-year-old joined Blues on a free transfer back in September, having previously been at Athletic Bilbao.
The defensive midfielder made 27 league appearances this season, but his game time decreased following the arrival of Lee Bowyer.
San Jose made three substitute appearances under Bowyer, and struggled to make a regular impact under Aitor Karanka beforehand.
Now, with only a year left on his contract, We Are Birmingham claim that San Jose is leaving Birmingham, and his departure will be announced in the next few days.
Here, we discuss Blues’ decision to let the Spaniard leave…
You can understand their decision.
San Jose is 31 now, and he evidently doesn’t feature in Lee Bowyer’s plans heading into the new season.
He’s been a valuable player to have both on and off the pitch with the Blues this term, with his experience being useful for the Blues, but it’s probably the right call for Birmingham to move him on this summer.
A complete rebuild is needed at the club, and I think this is a step in the right direction, as they look to reduce the wage bill, which will make much-needed room for new additions for the upcoming league campaign.
If they can get their recruitment right this summer, then I really wouldn’t be surprised to see Birmingham challenging for a top-half finish in the second-tier standings next season.
I think that this is the correct decision.
Mikel San Jose may have only arrived last summer, but to be fair to him, he hasn’t been bad this term after making 28 appearances.
That said, Lee Bowyer clearly isn’t a fan.
In the final 14 games of the season, the 31-year-old made just three cameo appearances which always suggested that a summer exit could be on the cards.
Bowyer will be looking to make the squad his own and with no guarantees of regular first team football, I think that moving San Jose on makes sense for all parties.
What club do these 21 former Birmingham City players ply their trade at now?
Initially, I was surprised at this decision but I can certainly see the sense in it.
While the midfielder did feature regularly last term, he fell out of favour under Lee Bowyer and it now seems as if the Blues boss is keen to move him on.
Changes are needed in the squad and it’s good to see the club are going to be proactive.
I trust Bowyer and if he doesn’t want San Jose then moving him on now is the right call.
There’s no doubt that the Spaniard is quality player but given he moved from La Liga, he’s likely on a decent wage so offloading and moving on makes a lot of sense.