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Moha Ramos signed for Birmingham City this summer on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, but has so far failed to make his first team debut.
Given that both number one Lee Camp and backup David Stockdale’s contracts expire at the end of the season, however, Pep Clotet needs to set aside some time for Ramos to get games with the first team to see if he can cut it in English football.
Whilst the next opportunity to really ‘experiment’ with the team will come in the FA Cup Third Round during early January, that is still only a one-off game. There will have to come a point in the season when Clotet finds out whether or not he is good enough to make a run at things in the first team.
There have been a few mistakes creeping into Camp’s game recently, like against Derby County and Wigan Athletic, and whilst Clotet might seem eager to stick with him for the foreseeable future, if those mistakes are going to be a continuous thing going forward, then the manager’s hand may be forced to make a change anyway.
“Lee Camp spoke to the lads and everyone supports him, we are a team, we know inside the dressing room we are a team when we win and a team when we lose.”
Clotet after Camp’s mistake against Wigan
Should that day come, then Ramos should be the first person that Clotet goes to. As he’s only on loan, it would be a shame to see his time wasted in the U23 team without Blues fans getting a potential look.
Given that Ramos is the only goalkeeper Clotet has signed during his time as boss at St Andrew’s, and there haven’t been talks about new contracts for Camp and Stockdale, it seems pretty clear that there is the opportunity for him to take the number one jersey going into next season, or at the very least the role of chief understudy.
The only question is whether he’ll be able to take it, but Clotet won’t find out unless he affords the 19-year-old chances to impress throughout this campaign.