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Looks like someone at St Andrew’s has been paying attention.
We have spoken before on FFC that Lukas Jutkiewicz needs some help up front, and it looks as if Pep Clotet and the Birmingham City board have been paying attention.
Although as we have also discussed there are plenty of options available for him in the academy, no need to spend money to replace something when you could have a readymade one right on your doorstep. So let’s put this down as a compromise.
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Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Cardiff City on Saturday, Clotet said that whilst he doesn’t have much of a say in terms of who the club brings in, the club have drawn up their shortlist of targets for the window and that help for Jutkiewicz is hopefully on the way:
He told reporters this week:
“I know the club is working very hard and they have already our targets selected. That for me is a pleasure to see in a club.
“The club is as committed as well as much as possible to be able to recruit as early as possible in January.
“I do think we have an imbalance when it comes on that second striker. Kerim is doing very well in that role but he is probably the only type of that role. As a coach you always want players who can turn football into goals, that is clear.
“But I do respect and let the club work on it and I focus on my business which is trying to get the best out of the players we have.”
Whilst it’s not great to hear that Clotet essentially saying that he doesn’t have any control over the transfers, it is nice to see that the club have at least been able to identify the problem and are looking at solutions to help him out.
However, the fact that he has pointed out exactly where Birmingham are looking to strengthen might just come back to haunt the club when they go to negotiate their transfer fees.
He’s essentially told other clubs that they are pleading for help in that position and that is only going to make them appear desperate, and as a result, other clubs are going to drive their prices up and they might end up not being able to afford them.
Although that might mean they end up having to go back into the academy and bring players in from there, which wouldn’t exactly be the worst thing. Nothing wrong with giving the kids a go, as Jude Bellingham has proved this season with his two goals.