What Birmingham City needs in the big summer transfers

Another disappointing season ends at Birmingham City this weekend, with the Blues currently sitting in 20th place in the league and set to just 19th at best. Once the final whistle blows against Blackburn Rovers in round 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, attention will turn to next season.

Once again, uncertainty reigns on the pitch with some players out of contract, others in excess of requirements and there is a general move to lower the club’s salary bill. In the dugout there is speculation about Lee Boyer’s future, as the coach is set to speak to the club’s hierarchy on Monday.

And that’s nothing to say about the takeover talk scurrying away in the background. Questions abound but answers are limited as the club continues to spin around the championship slot. It’s been six seasons since Birmingham City finished the first half of the league. In October, it will be six years since the current owners took over.

As things stand, the Blues have an aging squad with waves in some situations and gaps in others. We take a look at what’s needed in these top transfer windows, with – in a perfect world – no less than seven new faces are required.

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A goal keeper

The Blues want to bring Mateja Sarkic back to the club. The 24-year-old made a very positive impression in the first half of the season, before dislocating his shoulder in a harmless incident at the start of 2022. We saw just a few weeks ago when Neil Etheridge was injured and the Blues scored ten goals in two games, more depth is required in Section. Sarkic and Etheridge will be a strong goalkeeper pair as they are anywhere in the tournament.


Harley Dean, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, believes he will leave St Andrews permanently this summer. That leaves Mark Roberts, George Friend and the new Nico Gordon as the only option in central defence. At least one more is wanted, with Alfie Mawson, one of the most compelling names currently being linked.

At right-back, Maxime Colin struggled away and overcame injuries to take on the burden of responsibility in three different positions. The superb 30-year-old needs a big boost or to see Marcel Oakley have him pre-season ready for the ages.

If options are weak in this aspect, it is not present on the left where Christian Pedersen’s contract expires, as is the case for the upcoming striker, Jeremy Bella, who is not even a defender. An injury-free friend would probably help but replacing Pedersen on the front line is an absolute must.

central midline

The center of the park is one area with contrasting, perhaps even complementary, options. Gary Gardner took over the captaincy, broke his personal goal-scoring record and made a good campaign – after recovering from difficulties in the first half. The appearance of Jordan James was an added bonus, as the 17-year-old exceeded even his own expectations and showed his bright future not too far away.

Even with question marks about Ivan Sonjic’s value for money – no one has played more than 40 games for the Croat – and the way Ryan Woods’ strengths have been harnessed, there should be more than enough pieces to build something effective in the middle or garden. Especially if you rate Juninho Bacuna as a triple midfield option. The Curacao international has been very positive since his arrival from Rangers. It will also be interesting to see how Ryan Stirk develops on loan at Mansfield.

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The potential departure of Jeremy Bella is unfortunate. Two-legged, normally committed and efficient, strong from set-pieces as well, the club let loose in the 29-year-old’s career for the Blues, in large part because the team hasn’t played on the wings this season.

Like Bella Jordan Graham’s season looks like a missed opportunity, too. It’s not hard to see either of them thriving in a 4-3-3 offensive line. The former wolves man sure has a thing, which is the ability to cross the ball into good territory without necessarily hitting his leg. The way he has presented himself as a full-back has been commendable and he deserves a chance at his main position next season.

Other than Graham, the team lacks breadth – and with loanees O’Neil Hernandez and Tahith Chong gone, there was little pace. Ideally, the Blues need players who are fast, direct and attacking at a wide range, while developing some of their promising juniors. Speed, talent costs and the fear is that the club will once again search the loan market for the “X Factor” borrower, although the Norwich relegation could lead to a drop in Hernandez’s salary.


Lyle Taylor has been the go-to guy for the past few months – however he’s on loan from Nottingham Forest and it’s hard not to see his fate linked to Lee Bowyer’s situation. The 32-year-old could get a pay raise if Forrest wins promotion to the Premier League.

As things stand, the Blues’ contracted strikers are 33-year-old Lukas Jutkiewicz, who has started two games since January, Troy Deeney, 33, who has started once since January 2 – and Scott Hogan, now 30 who He has not scored in his 10 matches since January 30th.

This doesn’t mean omitting any of them individually, with a more consistent selection one or more can get back into shape if the team builds on their strengths. But it’s a group that screams for an infusion of freshness.

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