Garry Monk is said to be chasing a creative addition in January as the Blues look to address a pressing issue in the side, per the Birmingham Mail. The answer? Angel Gomes, a prodigy at Manchester United struggling for game time.
The Birmingham Mail suggests that the Blues are looking to bring in a touch of creative flair in January that will pick out the passes Gary Gardner and Maikel Kieftenbeld cannot.
Creating chances has been a clear issue for Monk’s team with Jota leading the way by a large margin. The Spaniard has played 36 key passes and registered five assists – the most in both accounts.
Birmingham go into the window knowing that they can only sign one new addition due to the stringent transfer policy the Football League imposed on the club. The focus, therefore, must be to bring in a player who can deliver what is needed.
Angel Gomes can be that man, and the 18-year-old has lived on the fringe of Manchester United’s first team roster more than a year. When he made his Red Devils debut, he also set the Premier League record as the top flight’s first player born post-millennium.
In the youth ranks at Old Trafford, Gomes was comfortable and assured on the ball while playing beyond his age group. Even taking the Premier Cup’s Most Valuable Player title in 2015 when his side failed to progress into the later rounds.
Fellow United youth star, Alex Tuanzebe, is certainly not found to be lacking in the Championship at Aston Villa, where the 20-year-old has featured regularly at both centre-back and right-back.
What Gomes could bring to St Andrew’s though is a player capable of pulling the strings from the number 10 role, which in itself will give Monk the option to change formation and tactics away from his heavily relied on 4-4-2.
The English attacking mid also has an eye for goal, another welcome bonus for a side heavily reliant on Che Adams (8 goals in 17 games) and Lukas Jutkiewicz (9 in 17).