Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer will utilise the loan market sparingly at St. Andrew’s this summer.
In recent comments cited by Birmingham Live, the Blues manager insisted that his current squad of players does not need all that much work in the upcoming transfer market, before suggesting that he is slightly reluctant to sign a number of players in the loan market.
The 44-year-old said: “Loans you have to be careful because some clubs put rules in there and try to punish you if a player doesn’t play. I believe if you bring a player in and he isn’t doing enough or playing well enough to play, then you get punished – that’s wrong.
“You can’t just play a player because you don’t want to affect the club financially, some people would play a player because they want to save money but if you play that player, you are probably going to lose the game.
“I understand why clubs do it, they want their player to go out on loan, get experience and play the game but again, it all comes down to picking the right people. If you pick the right people then you won’t have those problems to worry about.”
Lee Bowyer has been saying all the right things in recent weeks, having recently revealed that the club’s owners are happy with his plan to build a side capable of a promotion push slowly, rather than spending big on a number of short-term signings that could fire the club up the table, while these latest remarks would also suggest that the former Charlton manager really has his head screwed on when it comes to the club’s transfer strategy.
And, considering how poorly Birmingham have acted in the transfer market in recent years, the 44-year-old’s remarks are likely to leave the St. Andrew’s faithful buzzing.
Indeed, with the Blues having spent a total of £43.62m in the past five seasons on incoming transfers, and the club finishing in 19th, 19th, 17th, 20th and 18th place in the Championship standings over the same period, this would very much appear to have been money largely wasted.
Furthermore, as a result of their careless spending on fees and wages, Birmingham were also found to have broken the EFL’s Financial Fair Play rules in 2019, subsequently being handed a nine-point deduction and having a business plan imposed on them by the governing body.
However, with the extremely level headed Bowyer at the helm, it would seem as if the days of frivolous spending are now well behind Birmingham, with the Blues very much appearing to be a club on the up under their new gaffer.