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They have to find a solution, but they might not be in the biggest rush to get it done.
After his mistake against Fulham on the weekend, Lee Camp’s position within the Birmingham City starting eleven might finally be in jeopardy.
After the game, boss Pep Clotet said that he would be speaking to the club’s goalkeeper coach about his error and that’s been enough to suggest that change might be in the air.
Although whether or not they change from within or bring someone else in is a different matter.
Speaking during a Q&A on Birmingham Live, journalist Brian Dick hinted that the Blues might be tempted to go into the transfer market to find a solution to the goalkeeping problem:
“If the perception is that there’s someone out there who is cost effective and who could take the team forward then they are obliged to look at it because I don’t think this side is too far away from mounting a decent challenge.”
Whilst Dick thinks that the Blues should wait until the January transfer window to find a replacement for Camp, that doesn’t mean that his place should effectively be safe until the window opens.
But just because they are listed as such it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be given the chance right now. If you give each of them a couple of games before the January transfer window, you get to see just what they can offer.
You might find out that one or both of them are better than Camp and that will save you dipping into the transfer market and spending money when it isn’t necessary.
If they aren’t up to scratch, you know where you stand and you put Camp or even David Stockdale back in goal as you start looking for other options.
At this stage of the season, you really haven’t got much to lose, and if the choice is between dropping points with Camp and dropping points with someone you’re looking to develop, is there really that much of a difference? At least the young player can learn from his mistakes, whereas Camp clearly isn’t.