A question that many fans are asking, can Blues rely on Clayton Donaldson?
Last season’s top goal scorer was the pinnacle of the successful Rowett Revolution.
Scoring 15 goals last term, Donaldson has been the focus point in Rowett’s favoured formation 4-3-3.
However with Wes Thomas and Lee Novak not starting games, the lone striker will have to put another valuable shift in if Blues are to climb the table.
Rowett’s side cannot afford to repeat the kind of start that they produced last season, otherwise they will find themselves in danger of a relegation scrap.
With the total outlay this summer coming to £250,000, this lack of spending could hurt Blues, when you consider that many of the sides which finished around us last year have strengthened ahead of the new campaign.
Quite simply, we are lacking a goalscorer to provide help to Clayton Donaldson, the likes of David Cotterill, Demarai Gray and Arsenal loanee Jon Toral may be the most important players this season if we are not able to get anyone else in.
Rowett showed last season that he can get this team playing and he will need to conjure up more good runs of form to ensure that Birmingham are pushing for the top half.
Blues have looked at signing trialist Peniel Mlapa from Borussia Mönchengladbach but have had no success in bringing the powerhouse striker to St Andrews as of late, and now face competition for his signature.
After a promising pre-season friendly with Leicester I will feel quite optimistic going into the game Saturday at St Andrews. However for me, Donaldson didn’t get the service he needed. Albeit giant Robert Huth was playing but Donaldson isn’t known for being prolific in the air.
That’s why a signing like Mlapa could offer something different up top as we have seen in recent times with Nikola Zigic. Hopefully we can start well on Saturday and not give up a two goal lead.
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