With one week remaining of the January transfer window, the next few decisions both the board and Steve Cotterill make could drastically impact Blues’ chances of staying in the division. It is clear that the persistent spending of the last two windows has crippled Cotterill’s chances of a big budget.
However there are some options that the Birmingham City hierarchy could choose over the coming week that could be affective, without a huge impact financially. It is clear that Blues are crying out for a creative midfielder with the majority of the midfield being defensive minded.
One name that has been mentioned in the last couple of days is that of Alan Judge. The 29 year old has been out for two years with a major injury and has recently caused some controversy in the media. Judge spoke publicly about his game time seeing as the Brentford attackers are firing on all cylinders and that a loan move may be the best option for him at this stage of the season.
Before his injury Judge was regarded as one of the best talents in the championship creatively, meaning a loan deal for Judge could be perfect for Blues who are in desperate need for that type of player. Despite his injury he has vast experience which could make him a better option than a young loanee. Away from Judge’s creative abilities he doesn’t offer the greatest of defensive abilities.
With Blues’ formation often in a 433 style rather than a 4231 with Cotterill liking the wingers to have less defensive responsibilities than wide players in a 4231, it could be a problem by adding a midfielder with a lack of defensive responsibility to leave just two defensive capabilities. However as Blues are the lowest scoring team in the division the midfield has to start contributing with goals and assists which hasn’t happened so far this season.
With five of Blues’ nine remains home games being against teams in the bottom half of the table it is vital that the team is able to control these games against weaker opposition by converting chances into goals. If Blues can do this through the current crop of attacking talent at the club, who are capable, and hopefully one or two additions offensively then I’m sure most bluenoses would be confident that we can survive the drop.
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