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Leko has a shocker as Birmingham City lose

Birmingham City’s impressive start to the Championship season received something of a setback on Tuesday evening, as Lee Bowyer saw his side succumb to defeat in their second-round Carabao Cup clash.

While a loss in a competition that is not likely to be high on the 44-year-old’s list of priorities this season, the manner in which the Blues fell to a 2-0 defeat against Fulham could well concern the former Charlton Athletic manager.

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Over the course of the 90 minutes, Birmingham failed to muster a single shot on target, had just 39% of possession and completed nearly 200 passes fewer than the visitors.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, there were a number of disappointing individual performances in the fixture, none more so than by the Blues winger, Jonathan Leko.

Indeed, despite playing for the entirety of the game, the £1.35m-rated man managed no shots at goal, completed just 10 of his 16 attempted passes and touched the ball a grand total of 33 times – nine times fewer than Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

The 22-year-old also lost possession of the ball on 17 separate occasions, won just three of his 10 duels – a loss percentage of 70% – failed to find his man with either of his one attempted cross or his one attempted long ball and was flagged offside once.

These returns saw the £5.1k-per-week forward earn an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.2, with no player from either team receiving a score lower than Leko on the night.

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As such, considering the fact that the winger has started just one of Birmingham’s four Championship fixtures so far this season, it would very much seem as if the 22-year-old did very little against Fulham to convince Bowyer he is deserving of a starting spot in the 44-year-old’s side to face Barnsley this weekend, as the youngster failed his manager’s trust on Tuesday evening.

In other news: Bowyer drops Birmingham transfer claim which will be music to the ears of Blues fans

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