DONE DEAL: Blues sign Dutch midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld


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.

What do you think of the new signing? Comment below!


  1. Welcome Miekel,

    Not heard much about you but I’m sure you look forward to showing us.
    We will support you until you do a ‘delph’ on us!!!



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