Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer has dropped an update on Matija Sarkic’s potential switch to St. Andrew’s this summer.
Speaking following Birmingham’s 3-0 pre-season friendly win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday afternoon, Bowyer revealed to Birmingham Live that he was highly impressed with the performance of the Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper, before suggesting that the 23-year-old has increased his chances of being taken on by the Championship club this summer.
Last week, The Athletic journalist Tim Spiers revealed that the Blues had taken the shot-stopper on trial ahead of potentially making Wolves the offer of a loan deal for the Montenegro international.
And, after keeping a clean sheet against the Robins on Saturday, Bowyer appeared positive when discussing the goalkeeper’s chances of earning a move to St. Andrew’s, stating: “He has done himself no harm, he has done well really. He has impressed me for sure.”
Considering just how well Sarkic played for Birmingham over the weekend, as well as the sheer amount of potential the goalkeeper appears to possess, the fact that it looks increasingly likely the 23-year-old will be linking up with the Blues this summer is sure to have left fans of the club buzzing.
Indeed, having spent the season on loan at Shrewsbury Town last term, the £4.9k-per-week shot-stopper impressed over his 26 League One appearances for the Shrews, keeping nine clean sheets and conceding an average of one goal per game, as well as making a total of 60 saves throughout the season – an average of 2.3 per match.
These metrics saw the man Kris Boyd labelled an “excellent” ‘keeper earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.80, ranking him as Steve Cotterill’s joint 11th-best performer in the third tier of English football.
And, with Neil Etheridge likely to take a while to recover from his recent hospitalisation, it would seem important for Bowyer to secure the services of another solid option between the sticks ahead of the club’s upcoming Championship campaign.
As such, considering his impressive performances for Shrewsbury last season, as well as getting off to a flyer in Birmingham colours against Cheltenham on Saturday, the signing of Sarkic would appear to make a great deal of sense for the 44-year-old manager this summer. It’s one he should look to tie up as quickly as possible.