Blues defender Ryan Shotton impressed reserve team manager Richard Beale in the clubs’ 2-0 friendly win over Nuneaton yesterday.
Former Stoke man Shotton joined Blues on loan from Derby County at the end of January and is yet to make a first team appearance for Gary Rowett’s senior side.
Blues lined up strongly in the first half, with a number of first team players joining Shotton on the pitch. Diego Fabbrini scored his first goal for the club in the first half and then the side switched entirely at half time.
A more youthful Blues team lined up for the second half with only Koby Arthur having any noticeable first-team experience.
However, it was the youthful Blues XI that doubled the lead after good work from Arthur led to a swept finish from Romanian striker David Popa.
But it was the versatile defender impressed U21 manager Richard Beale, who feels Shotton has done no harm in promoting his first-team credentials.
“I thought he looked strong and he read the game really well,” Beale said.
“He won his headers in what was a competitive half. He strikes me as a really mature and good professional.
“He did everything in the right way, was a good example for the young lads and did his chances of getting into the First Team no harm I’m sure.”