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Lee Camp might be a little too complacent here.
He made a calamitous error in the loss to Wigan last week and he certainly came under a lot of criticism for it.
Speaking to Birmingham Live about the experience, Camp said that it wasn’t that big of a deal and that it only really gets amplified because of the position he plays:
“I’ve been there before but it happens to all goalkeepers. I made one [last] Tuesday and there will be people throughout the Football League making one tomorrow. It’s just unfortunate that when it happens to a goalkeeper nine times out of 10 it results in a goal and the even bigger kicker was we lost the game off it when we probably deserved a point.
“You know what, these things happen, and no one died. It’s part and parcel of a goalkeeper’s life.”
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The problem with Camp’s comments is that it’s not just the error against Wigan Athletic that has been the issue for him at St Andrew’s.
He also made a mistake in the game against Derby County where he let a weak shot squirm away from him for the Rams opening goal. Even when you look at the win against Middlesbrough last Friday night, he was out of position for their equaliser and only got rescued from more criticism because of Odin Bailey’s late winner.
The fact of the matter is that mistakes are slowly creeping into his game, and Birmingham boss Pep Clotet might have to look into the possibility of dropping him before he costs them any more points.
The Blues have a number of goalkeepers on their books. They can either go with the experienced hands of David Stockdale who has compiled 232 appearances in the Championship over his career.
Or they can go a little bit more experimental and try Moha Ramos who they brought in on loan from Real Madrid during the summer.
Both Stockdale and Camp’s contracts are up in the summer, so it would be interesting to see if there’s a potential number one in the pipeline somewhere. It’s certainly something they must be considering.
Given how unpopular Clotet is with the supporters whenever the team isn’t winning, would he really want to risk another bad run because of what Camp is doing?
Based on his mistakes he’d be foolish to keep him in the side. He simply has to be dropped before things get worse.