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Birmingham have made plans for Connal Trueman, time to implement them

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It was a small change, but it could prove to be something really significant further down the line.

A quick glance at the Birmingham City team sheet from Saturday might just give an indicator that plans for the future are already in place.

David Stockdale lost his usual place on the bench, with that role instead being given to academy graduate Connal Trueman.

With no news to suggest that Stockdale lost his place due to an injury, that can only mean that Trueman has beaten him out in training.

As previously discussed on FFC, with Stockdale now seemingly being pushed out of St Andrew’s with the move to third-choice goalkeeper, that gives the 23-year-old an excellent foundation to continue making his way up the ladder under Pep Clotet.

With Lee Camp’s contract expiring at the end of the season (via Transfermarkt), the club showed some faith in him when they gave Trueman a new two-year contract during the summer.

Add all that to Real Madrid loanee Moha Ramos now getting more time with the U23 squad instead of him and you can clearly see that the plans are in place for him to eventually succeed Camp at some stage.

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The question is though, just when do you make the move to push him to the top of the ladder?

There isn’t going to be a cup game for the Blues to ‘experiment’ with until the FA Cup third round in early January, and even then they might face a tricky tie that Clotet doesn’t want to risk making too severe a change to the starting line-up. Therefore, any change is going to have to come during the league campaign.

The fact of the matter is, there is going to have to come a time this season where Trueman is given the opportunity to prove himself in a competitive game rather than just in training, but Clotet looks keen to keep Camp in his place.

He backed him up after his terrible error against Wigan Athletic a few weeks ago, so it’s going to have to take something major for him to change his mind on the matter.

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If all signs are falling into place to make Trueman Camp’s successor and the goalkeeper for the future, they have to be implemented as soon as possible to see if the idea is a feasible one.

If you play him and things don’t work out, then you can still go back to Camp whilst you reassess the options, but waiting until next season and leaving him on the bench isn’t going to help his development.

Will Pep Clotet stay in the dugout all season?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Article title: Birmingham have made plans for Connal Trueman, time to implement them

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