Lee Bowyer is eager to secure at least one more Birmingham City signing before the closure of the summer transfer window.
In recent comments cited by Birmingham Live, the Blues manager revealed that, while none of the deals the club are currently working on are any further along, he is hoping that his side will be able to welcome the addition of one more loan signing prior to transfer deadline day at the start of next week.
The 44-year-old said: “Not [any further along] at the moment. It’s a tough market. We’re always trying to improve. We’ll keep trying to push to make it happen, that’s all we can do.
“We’re limited financially so we have to keep trying to do the right thing to improve us. There’s no point just bringing in bodies that aren’t going to make us any better.”
Bowyer continued: “We’ve got five loans already so if we do, we’ll maybe bring in one more loan. We’ve just got to weigh up and see what’s what after the weekend.
“We’ve only played four games, there’s another 42 to go. We’re going to get injuries, suspensions, so you need to strengthen the squad. You need numbers.”
With Bowyer’s comments being made after his side had just secured a rather astonishing 5-0 away win at Luton Town, a game the manager described as the best performance he’d ever witnessed from any of the teams he has managed, the argument that Birmingham need to bring in further additions in the transfer market may appear slightly redundant.
However, as has so often been in the way in his reign at St. Andrew’s, Bowyer is correct to want to bring in at least one more body this summer, for exactly the reason he states – with his comments likely to be music to the ears of fans of the club.
Indeed, a season in the Championship is arguably one of the most challenging and physically demanding campaigns of all the leagues in Europe, with injury, fatigue and operating with a small squad having been the downfall of many a promotion contender.
However, despite their impressive start to the season, with the Blues currently occupying eighth place in the second tier table, it may still be slightly premature to dub Bowyer’s side as play-off hopefuls.
Having said that, considering the vast improvements the 44-year-old has overseen since taking over at the club, we would not bet against the former Charlton Athletic manager going on to do something special with Birmingham this season.
And, if Bowyer can go on to bring in one more signing over the coming days, taking into account how well the manager has performed in the transfer market thus far, we would not blame Birmingham fans for starting to get their hopes up of a top-six finish come next May.