Blues have officially signed Dutch midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld from FC Groningen on a three year deal.
As the ‘Tesche deal’ died down Blues were left with the supposed half a million pounds to spend on a player.
Gary Rowett has gone with a similar type of holding midfielder at only half the price.
A bid totalling £250,000 brings the former Groningen captain to St Andrews after triggering his release clause.
He’s played as a right back, right and centre midfielder, but is most comfortable in a holding role in front of defence.
There is a lot of competition in his position of a similar age for Holland.
With Jordy Clasie, Daley Blind, Nigel de Jong, Davy Klaassen and possibly Marko Vejinovic and Riechedly Bazoer all able to play there, a career in the Dutch Oranje seems a bridge too far for Kieftenbeld.
However getting to play in the Championship for Blues could improve his reputation.
– He helped his club win their first major trophy, the KNVB Cup last season.
– He made 147 league appearances for the club.
According to an expert £250,000 is a ‘bargain’:
“Kieftenbeld has played a big part in all of that and although he is the type of player that some will appreciate more than others, getting a midfielder of that age with his experience for only €250,000 is a great deal for Birmingham City.”
Here’s what the expert also had to say about the 25-year-old:
“Over the last three years, he has become a vital player for FC Groningen in that role, which earned him the captaincy.
“He is really energetic; he is a tenacious midfielder who is focused on conquering possession and bringing the ball, playing midfielders in.
“He does possess a good pass and is comfortable in possession. At Groningen he used to play a part in distribution from the back as the centre backs weren’t renowned for that.
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