Blues have finally found their stride with a 2-1 victory over the Whites and the competition for Blues’ lone striker Clayton Donaldson was all but on the bench against Leeds.
Both new boys Che Adams and Greg Stewart were left to their own devices on the bench, while Donaldson proved why he shouldn’t be overlooked.
With both of the new signings wanting to come on and kick off their Birmingham career, personally I think it improved the teams mentality and more so gave Donaldson an extra boost, wanting to perform at the best he can.
That he did. Yes, he is without that important goal, but his runs off the ball and hold up play were key in the game on Saturday.
Creating a gap up top led to Maghoma to get in behind and finish to make it 1-0 to Blues.
The Jamaican international will be hard to drop this season, even with the new boys. However, games are coming thick and fast, with Wigan next up tomorrow evening and we could see changes.
One thing is for sure though, the man that every says is under pressure didn’t show that at Elland Road. His link up play very much emphasied his importantance in the squad.
It shows the progression this season, £2.5 million worth of talent that wasn’t needed to defeat a Leeds side littered with big money signings says it all really.
Also, when one of your most promising prospects in Viv Solomon-Otabor can’t make the bench and in-form goalscorer Storer can’t get a chance to continue his goal fest, you know things are on the up.
Rowett has stated he isn’t finished in the transfer market just yet. He still wants to add another left-back to provide much needed competition to Jonathan Grounds, who played well setting up Morro’s goal by the way. To me it looked like all of Rowett’s ‘feeebies’ wanted to make a statement and it was fitting Maghoma and Morrison got the goals to prove they are still worthy of that starting place.
In particular, Maghoma has argubably become our most relied on winger after Gray’s departure. Yes, you’re thinking ‘why are you still mentioning Dimmy?’. Well, is he missed? For me, Mags can take Blues higher this season, not solely on his own but it is clear to see the Congo international is getting better by the season.
It was a great and resilliant performance on the whole and Blues look like they now have a different dimension that can be deployed at any time and take them to the higher heights. Tomorrow will be a tough test against flying Wigan, but it will be interesting to see if the gaffer goes there all guns blazing or stick with the defensive lineup.
Over to you Rowett…