Connect with us

Birmingham City

Alex Song set for Birmingham City – is he a good signing?

Jake Jackman

Published

on

Song

Birmingham City are making major moves on deadline day as Harry Redknapp attempts to equip himself with a squad that can challenge for promotion. The Mail report that they are set to sign Alex Song from Rubin Kazan after an agreement was found with the Russian club. He is travelling to the Midlands for his medical. The club have already signed Jason Lowe and agreed a deal for Jota, but this would be an even bigger story.

The 29-year-old is well known to fans in this country, after spells at Arsenal and West Ham. Song also had a stint at Barcelona, which underlines the quality that he possesses. Redknapp believes that the midfielder can be an asset in the Championship. This is a signing typical of the Blues’ boss and the finances involved are likely to be big for the second tier. Given the moves they have made today, Birmingham are going to have to challenge for promotion this season.

Would he be a good signing?

It is difficult to know how the midfielder will adjust to the Championship and whether he has the motivation to perform consistently in the division. However, he has a lot of ability as his list of previous clubs shows. This is a huge coup for the club and the type of signing that will excite supporters. It has been a poor start to the season, but Birmingham are showing ambition on deadline day and that will help get supporters excited about the team again. There will be concerns over the finances, but if he helps them to promotion, it won’t matter.

Song is best as a holding midfielder, but he possesses the technical ability to dominate matches in the Championship. It is likely that he will be given more freedom in the Birmingham team and allowed license to express himself. Based on his ability, it is a sharp improvement on the current midfield options, but he needs to be motivated to perform. It is up to Redknapp to ensure that he is.

How likely is a deal?

There is always a chance that a rival club will come in and steal him at the last minute. That will be a huge concern where this deal is concerned as Song is a proven Premier League player. If a team from the top flight decides to make a late move, Birmingham would be at risk of losing their man. However, as things stand, it looks like the Cameroon international is going to sign for the Blues. This will be one of the eye-catching deals of the day.

Alex Song to Birmingham City
4.5
Transfer Likelihood
The Boot Room's Verdict
The deal looks likely as he jets in for a medical, but there is always a chance a bigger club could come in on deadline day.

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

Birmingham City

Three managers that Birmingham City should target to replace Harry Redknapp

Jake Jackman

Published

on

Birmingham City

Birmingham City are on the lookout for a new manager after deciding to sack Harry Redknapp after the team’s loss to Preston North End. Many supporters believe that the decision was a premature one, but the side had taken only four points from eight matches. The Blues are currently in the bottom three and facing a difficult task to make up the ground to the play-off places.

They have struggled since the sacking of Gary Rowett and two managers have failed since then. Gianfranco Zola was a complete disaster after taking the job. Redknapp did well to keep them up last season, but he wasn’t the right man long-term. It is crucial that they now find a good fit as they can’t afford any more upheaval. There are a number of managers in the running, with Steve McClaren, Gus Poyet and Nigel Adkins all mentioned in the media. Lee Carsley is the favourite and has been placed in temporary charge.

There are good managers that could take Birmingham forward. Here are three managers that they should target:

Aitor Karanka

The former Middlesbrough manager is an eye-catching name in the betting and he would be an ambitious appointment by the club. He may have failed in the Premier League, but he showed himself to be an effective manager in the second tier. The Spaniard managed to get Boro back to the top-flight and played some attractive football in the process. Although he switched back to a more defensive set-up in the Premier League, he can coach a team to play an exciting style.

Birmingham did bring in some very talented players during the transfer window and they have the potential to make significant progress up the table with the right coach. Karanka could be the perfect fit. He will make them tough to beat to begin with and provide a foundation for the flair players to do their thing. Last season wasn’t one to be remembered, but he will have learnt from it and is a name that would get the fans on board.

Alan Pardew

This will be filed under unlikely, but the former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace manager will be keen to return to the game after nearly a year out of a job. There are a lot of negative opinions about Pardew, but he has made an impact at most of the clubs he has managed. He guided the Magpies to fifth in the Premier League and got to the FA Cup final with Palace.

It would require him to drop down from the Premier League and return to the second tier. This won’t be what he would want in an ideal world, but he needs to rebuild his reputation and this could be the perfect opportunity to do that. Birmingham have a decent squad and money to spend in future windows. If he wanted a project that had a good chance of being successful, this could be a good fit for him.

Nigel Clough

The current Burton Albion manager hasn’t been mentioned, but if Birmingham want a manager that is tailor-made for the Championship, Nigel Clough would be a good appointment. He has performed miracles at the Pirelli Stadium and knows how to get results in this division. Birmingham need to appoint a good manager, rather than a big name and the 51-year-old should be under consideration.

Clough may not be interested in a move to Birmingham as he is settled at Burton, but it would be difficult to turn down the greater chance of success. He would get respect based on his recent achievements in the Championship, which neither of the previous two managers had. It seems like players enjoy working under Clough and he would be a worthy candidate for the post.

Continue Reading

Birmingham City

How Twitter reacted to Birmingham City signing Jota from Brentford

Jake Jackman

Published

on

Jota

Birmingham City have completed one of the deals of the day in the Championship as they have signed Jota from Brentford. The official site confirms that they have broken their club-record fee to bring him to the Midlands on a four-year deal. The Spaniard had been linked to Premier League this summer, while the Bees had rejected offers from Middlesbrough and Hull City. It is seen as a huge coup for the Blues to land him.

Harry Redknapp was delighted with the transfer and the following quotes were reported by the Evening Standard:

“There will not be many better players in the Championship than him, that is for sure. He has got great ability. We are very pleased to have got that one done.”

The Blues manager has always pulled out big deadline day deals throughout his career, but this could be one of his finest. He isn’t wrong when he says that the Spaniard is one of the best players in the division and he will provide the spark that their attack has been lacking during the opening weeks of the season.

Last season, he was excellent during the second half of the season, contributing 12 goals and five assists. Brentford had one of the better attacks after his return and Birmingham will be hoping that he can have a similar impact on their front-line.

Jota is an intelligent player, who takes up good positions in the final third and is capable of producing end product on a consistent basis. It is rare to have a player like him in the Championship and the Blues will have to be seen as one of the favourites for promotion now.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:

https://twitter.com/gyazza/status/903166150070161408

Birmingham fans were pleased with the news:

Brentford fans were disappointed, but couldn’t see why he wanted to move to Birmingham:

Continue Reading

Arsenal

Birmingham City linked with Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere – would he be a good signing?

Jake Jackman

Published

on

Wilshere

Birmingham City are making a number of ambitious moves on deadline day and they have been linked with Jack Wilshere. The Mirror report that the midfielder has emerged as a surprise deadline day target as they investigate the possibility of taking him on loan. Arsenal are unlikely to use him often this season and could be tempted to let him go down to the Championship.

The wages being commanded by the England international could be a problem. He currently earns £90,000-a-week and that is huge for the Championship. Birmingham wouldn’t be able to pay them in full and they will be hoping that a compromise can be found with Arsenal. If they managed to complete a deal, it would be a huge statement of intent and they would emerge as one of the favourites for promotion. Harry Redknapp has pulled off several big deals on deadline day, but this could be one of his most impressive.

Would he be a good signing?

The last couple of years have seen Wilshere go backwards in his career. He is no longer a regular in the England squad as injuries have hampered him. During his loan spell at Bournemouth, he showed flashes of his ability, but he was unable to make the impression that everyone had expected. The midfielder had lost the ability to burst past players in the middle of the park and that hindered his effectiveness.

However, Wilshere remains a huge talent and it would be a coup if Birmingham were able to bring him to the Championship. The midfielder was once one of the best English players and he would have the talent to take the division by storm. If they could keep him fit, it could be the signing that propels them to promotion.

How likely is a deal?

Harry Redknapp will be spinning lots of plates and seeing what is available on the market. A move for Wilshere would be difficult to pull off, but it is exciting for supporters that he is trying to sign the midfielder. If Arsenal want him to leave the club, it is possible that he drops down to the Championship and joins Birmingham. There would have to be an arrangement found for his wages as they look to be the main stumbling block at this stage. It is ambitious, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible.

Jack Wilshere to Birmingham City
2.5
Transfer Likelihood
The Boot Room's Verdict
This will be a tough deal to pull off, but Harry Redknapp has form for surprising on deadline day.
Continue Reading

Copyright © 2017 The Boot Room.