Wes Thomas could be set for a return to the Blues after he was ruled out for ‘a month or so’ by Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper.
Thomas joined the Robins at the start of the month after being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Gary Rowett, and the former Bournemouth man has hit the ground running in Wiltshire.
But Thomas picked up a hamstring strain in Swindon’s 2-1 defeat to Colchester United on Saturday, and Robins boss Mark Cooper expects his player to face a spell on the sidelines.
“He (Thomas) felt his hamstring go, which is not good news because he’s looked very lively since he’s been here,” revealed Cooper.
“He scored a goal today, a corner that we worked on, and that will be a big miss for us,” Cooper told swindontownfc.co.uk.
But could that be a blessing in disguise for Blues? Thomas’ loan spell only runs til January, meaning he will miss a large chunk of games for his on-loan side. There is also the cost of treatment, and Swindon may be unwilling to spend on a player that they only have for a couple of months.
And it is certainly clear that Blues are lacking a solid, Championship level striking option. If Clayton Donaldson gets injured, that leaves Nicolai Brock-Madsen as the only striking option until Donaldson recovers.
And it remains yet to be seen whether the Danish striker is good enough at this level to lead the line on his own. Yes Rowett has faith in the former Randers man but does he have enough to lead the line right this moment? Maybe, maybe not.
But Thomas does have experience at this level. He has represented Bournemouth, Blackpool and Blues at this level and does know where the net is. But the biggest argument for his return is that he offers us something different up-front. Teams are beginning to plot against Clayton Donaldson because he is the target man. We saw it against Nottingham Forest, Villa and Rotherham- teams know that all of our play goes through him and it makes us predictable.
But Wes Thomas is a different type of player. He has pace and good movement and can turn defenders. Whether this is what Blues need right now is still the question, but Thomas could be the answer in a few weeks time.