With the deadline day arrivals of youngsters Jerome Sinclair and Krystian Bielik, Blues in total picked up seven signings that will have a direct impact on the first team for the remainder of the campaign. Lukas Jutkiewicz, who signed a permanent deal at the beginning of the window, was the first name on Zola’s list. A signing that has been overlooked due to the striker being on loan at Blues from the summer.
The signing of Cheick Keita has so far been proven as a good pick up by Zola, with Keita putting in a man of the match performance against Fulham. Keita not only assisted Jutkiewicz for his 11th goal of the season, but he also showed a very mature performance with minor errors that can be cut out with game time. Bluenose Craig Gardner has so far not set the world alight with a trademark goal from distance, but has proved his worth and leadership qualities throughout the games he has featured in for his second spell at his home club. Gardner seems to orchestrate the atmosphere and mood of both the team and the fans through a tackle or the taking of a corner, which could be key to maintain a healthy environment at St Andrews.
Equatorial Guinea international Emilio Nsue will provide healthy competition for youngster Josh Dacres-Cogley, who has recently signed a new long-term deal with Blues, showing Zola’s faith in him. Nsue certainly adds pace and attacking ability that Ex-Blues veteran Jonathan Spector couldn’t provide consistently. Arguably one of the best footballers with the ball Blues have had for a long time, star signing Kerim Frei earnt man of the match in Blues’ narrow defeat to Reading in Tuesday night’s fixture, but Frei certainly showed the St Andrews faithful his capability with the ball – a similar style to the in-form Eden Hazard playing for the London Blues by running directly at back-tracking opponents, allowing them to either cut inside or put a cross into the box for forwards and incoming midfielders.
Previously mentioned Watford loanee Jerome Sinclair showed glimpses of being an effective player against Fulham, with the desire to challenge for second balls and win headers for other teammates which fans will come to appreciate, with Sinclair contributing to many attacking chances that Blues get. Finally, Arsenal loanee Krystian Bielik is yet to show his qualities, but many media outlets and sources at Arsenal have praised the Polish youngster for his versatility and maturity for the 19-year-old.
Blues fans are you happy with the signings Zola made? Who would you have signed as well or instead?