With less than a week left in the transfer window, it’s safe to say the mood around Birmingham City fans online is antsy. Blues are yet to bring in a player having released four, sold one and loaned out one and with the team still languishing in the relegation places it’s easy to understand why people are worried.
Emilio Nsue today left Birmingham City to join APOEL of the Cypriot First Division for an undisclosed fee. The move came just under a year after the Equatoguinean international signed for Blues from Middlesbrough.
Birmingham City lifted themselves off the foot of the Championship table with a 2-0 win over Reading on Tuesday night. It marked their first away win in 13 attempts in the League and the first time they had scored twice in a league game since their 2-1 win over Bristol City in August.
Saturday saw Birmingham City win 1-0 against Leeds United thanks to a late Jacques Maghoma goal. While the result did not see them move in the table due to the results around them it did ensure that Blues are now only three points away from 20th placed Barnsley.
Another defeat for Birmingham City against Queens Park Rangers saw Steve Cotterill’s side slip to bottom of the table having won just 16 points from 22 games. It prompted another outpouring of vitriol and anger towards the management of the club on the internet – yet despite continued rumours otherwise, Cotterill remains in his post.
Rumours have intensified on Social Media and Blues message boards that Steve Cotterill is close to receiving his marching orders. The Cheltenham-born manager has only been in charge for ten games but with Blues only having won twice and only scoring three goals the knives are out already.
Harry Redknapp said he wanted new players, and he got them. Deadline day brought the busiest transfer window in Blues history to a conclusion. Four players came in and five left in the last 24 hours to make a total of 28 players going in or out of St Andrews over the summer months.
Birmingham City wrapped up the signing of Cheikh N’Doye on Friday, with news first breaking of the potential for the deal only the day before. In a time when rumours are rife and with a manager who is eminently quotable, how are Blues pulling these under the radar deals off?
The Birmingham City squad flew out to their pre-season training camp on Sunday complete with Ravel Morrison and news of a mystery trialist. However, the two signings that Harry Redknapp had wanted to make haven’t quite come off and the more excitable members of the Birmingham City support have started to worry.
In April EFL clubs agreed to a proposal that all clubs in the Football League would have to name a player who was “club-developed” in their matchday squad as one of seven “home-grown” players from the 2018-19 season.