Who will replace Fabbrini and Tesche?


After reports are suggesting play-maker Diego Fabbrini could be on his way to Middlesbrough and Tesche’s heart is at Forest, Blues are left with no new transfer targets.

Gary Rowett has admitted he may have to wait until the season has started to bring in the type of ‘high calibre’ player he wants.

What does this mean for Blues? Well quite simply Rowett will have to look at the players he’s already got in his ranks for the time being:


Andrew Shinnie

Before Diego Fabbrini arrived Andrew Shinnie was arguably Birmingham’s most improved player since the arrival of Gary Rowett.

The Scott filled the attacking mid role very well. He may not have the agility and pace that Fabbrini possesses but you can’t take away his freedom to run at defenders and play killer balls up the field.

Also he does have the skill. Watch this unseen footage in Marbella:


Reece Brown

Brown made an encouraging start to his Blues career with some impressive displays against some tough opposition in Burnley and Premier League side Swansea City.

He got man of the match award on his home debut against Yeovil and looked set to be a regular in the Blues side.

However things have somewhat changed for Brown, he’s struggled to establish himself in the Blues squad and therefore failed to make a first team start throughout the whole of last seasons campaign. Although he did put in some solid displays in his early season loan spell at league one side Notts County.

Brown has gained some recognition from manager Gary Rowett, featuring in the 2-0 victory at Shrewsbury. It seems Gary Rowett wants him to play a more defensive role and with Tesche staying at Forest it could be a chance for young Reece to step up to the mark. This season could be make or break for him.


Koby Arthur

Arguably the best player on the field against Shrewsbury mid-week, Koby Arthur will have his sights set on a starting place this season.

There’s no denying he’s a supremely gifted academy product who has the talent to follow in the footsteps of fellow teenager Demarai Gray.

Born in Ghana he came to Blues four years ago and has progressed through the academy set-up to make his debut in April 2013. He had a couple of loan spells and played in Rowett’s first three matches.

After that we hardly saw him. That was because of a very settled side that was hard to break in to. However if Koby can keep on impressing like he did the other day at Shrewsbury there’s no reason why he can’t be in the starting 11 in Fabbrini’s position.


Stephen Gleeson

As for Gleeson, he’s very much a hit and miss player. He may not be as good as Tesche but he is solid enough to play along side the likes of Davis. Going forward he doesn’t have that ability as the stats show: 41 games for Blues without a goal.

However you can’t question his work rate and 50/50 challenges. If he loses the ball he will do everything he can to win it back, what he does after that is another question.

A player with high confidence can trigger a transformation and good performances may occur. This happened to Shinnie, so why not Gleeson?

What do you think, who are the best players to fill Fabbrini’s and Tesche’s positions?


  1. For the fee they cost you won’t , and we wasted to much time with nose pressed against the window , as we did with others , i agree with Gary that we must by quality , but he is dreaming if he thinks the fans are going to wait for ever ,success is based on what is available and the speed in getting a team together , we have failed on three signings at the right price , but we can get over some of that but if GR signs Lowery ,we need a striker that can also pass a ball, it is to early in the squad build to sign loan players , and I fear a bad bout of injuries to star players could put us in danger as with a small squad it has to be a crazy gang squad type squad, two strikers and a defender is most needed , the striker on trial that GR has could be worth a punt , as there ain’t many out there at our price

  2. Having just returned from Burton, this being my 4th friendly, the team looks nowhere near ready for the season, I’m sorry but Rowett needs to act this week to get in at least 2 players. The club have messed around all close season with bringing players in instead of being decisive.


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