McLeish wants Michel to improve

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has urged Spanish midfielder Michel to learn from a difficult first few months in England since his move from Sporting Gijon.

The 24-year-old has made just two starts for the Blues, with McLeish concerned that the Spaniard has struggled to adjust.

He told the Birmingham Mail:"We've got to pick Michel up. He's not in a great moment psychologically from maybe not being in the team, not getting as much game play as he wanted.

"But the two midfielders have been exceptional, in front of him. Two experienced midfielders, two of the best in the league for my money this season – Barry Ferguson and Lee Bowyer.

"I do think Michel has been short of fitness and sharpness. He needs to be ready for next season and it's all about being professional about it.

"He's earning good money, he cost us a few bob. So he's got to show he possesses the character to be a part of this club."

"He's got competition ahead of him and it's up to him. I hope this experience does benefit him, but for now it's a bit of an educational period for him.

"I have tried to tell him, I have tried to tell his advisors that.

"I did plan to play him more after we had reached the 40 points, but every human being is entitled to change their mind and I felt Michel wasn't ready in terms of the physical, even the tactical and mental sides."

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