Nothing makes you prouder as a blues fan than watching former Birmingham academy graduates do well. We’ve had the likes of Nathan Redmond and Jack Butland whom have both earned caps for England. Demari Gray who has won the Premier league with Leicester and looks destined to shine at the highest level. Now, we have Josh Cogley who looked promising in spells this year. But the one player that has every blues fan scratching their heads is Reece Brown.
He joined Blues at the age of ten and had the world at his feet, good on the ball and capable to dictate play. He broke through into the first team alongside Gray and was tipped for the top, yet he struggled to cement a first team. His first game came away at Burnley on 17 September under Lee Clark. In a particularly poor team performance, Clark admitted that Brown was “the only player who has probably enhanced his reputation from the night. He came on and showed his ability, showed no nerves and was competitive”. He was then shipped out on loan to Notts County before coming back to Blues prematurely nursing an injury.
When Rowett was appointed Brown joined Premier League club West Ham on trial. He also spent time with AFC Bournemouth, and was reported to have attracted “interest” from Man City. However, in March, Blues suspended Brown following the outcome of an investigation into his “conduct and levels of professionalism.” Whilst this was happening Gray had made the left wing his own and was amidst of Premier league interest.
It looked like he had turned a corner at the start of this season as he was named in the first 18 numerous times before being sent out on loan again to Chesterfield by Zola because he thought it could “be good for his maturity to go and play in a real difficult situation where he is going to be pushed to improve. Not only as a footballer but his character and temperament as well.” However, he was sent home after 2 appearances because of a “few incidents” ultimately ending his career at Blues.
Personally, I feel Brown could have flourished under Redknapp who could have been a father figure to him and mould him into a mature player. But instead he is going down a similar path as Ravel Morrison, an extremely talented player wasted because of his attitude. Brown is living every young boy’s dream to be a professional football and is currently wasting it and it is understandable why the club wouldn’t want to risk offering a new contract to Brown.
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