Hi Bluenoses, everywhere.
The Transfer window has closed thank goodness and we have managed to hold on to Jordan James who will remain with us at least until the season ends. When a player of a similar age Adam Wharton leaves Blackburn for Palace for £22m the bids of £10m for JJ are nothing short of a joke. Come the summer the reputation of JJ will multiply and he should be worth at least what the very talented Wharton has fetched,
Nobody out from Blues but three solid purchases have joined us. They represent a patching up of the leaks before the complete repair can be made in the summer. We are still in the near relegation zone and it would be silly to give big contracts to anyone until safety is assured.
We signed Andre Dozzell from QPR who was already Cup-tied which is annoying. He is the son of former Spurs man Jason Dozzell and is described having a wand of a left peg, He feature 20 minutes at Stoke and he was no Harry Potter, Next on the list was Paik Seung-Ho an established South Korean international. He has not played for 6 weeks so we may not see him just yet. He notably scored a wonder goal against Brazil in the last World Cup. Alex Pritchard a former employee of Tony Mowbray at Sunderland also joins. Alex is 30 but the gaffer seems to have great faith in him,
So, an underwhelming window with no striker signing to address the 8 or 9 appalling misses at Leicester which ended our cup hopes for the 149th time. I must admit I left the King Power Stadium proud and disappointed last Saturday. With no forward signing and having watched highlights my mood has turned to one of disbelief. We must get that goal a game average much higher than one point something.
With injuries piling up, Sanderson, Ruddy, Jacuna, Drameh all sidelined and Ho still to reach full fitness we go to face the Baggies hampered but with a certain confidence, We have a big enough squad to cover those players numerically. It remains to be seen if the new boys can show the same quality.This match is going to be vital for both teams and I have to say I am as excited as I have been for a long time .
A word about the ladies who won two excellent home games and maintain their position in the promotion race. A win at bottom of the table Watford on Sunday (KO 14.00) could see them return to the top but will still have a game in hand against lowly Reading to complete the job if need be. They unlike the Men have been buying up players at the rate of two a week and well done to Darren Carter and the board for doing so. It is vital, with the world of women’s football going in popularity the Birmingham City are part of the WSL. Local Derbies and matches against the London and Manchester “big boys?” are a must.
.See Ya Monday
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