Swansea City have struggled this season, but their under-23s have been in great form. The South Wales youngsters are into the semi-finals of the Premier League 2 Cup and challenging for the PL Division 1 title.
One of the key reasons for that success is Dutch winger Kenji Gorre. The former Manchester United youngster has been in fine form for the Swans this season – scoring 11 goals from 22 appearances and also pitching in with four assists.
However, his contract in South Wales expires in the summer and plenty of teams will be looking at making his services permanent in the summer.
Surely Birmingham City should be one of those teams. The Championship side are currently battling against relegation from the second-tier, with Garry Monk as their manager.
The former Swansea captain and manager will know Gorre well. The Dutch talent has played just one senior game for the Swansea first-team and it was Monk who gave him that opportunity.
Birmingham could be the perfect move for the 23-year-old, who now needs to be playing regular first-team football.
Monk has demonstrated in the past a preference for signing former players. For example, at Leeds, he signed Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes and Pablo Hernandez – all former players of his at Swansea City.
Based on his form with the under-23s he could certainly be an important member of the squad at St Andrew’s should Birmingham decide to make a move for his services.
Of course, there is the threat that relegation looms. But, given Gorre’s situation, heading to League One with the Blues would also be preferable to most other situations that could be presented to him this summer. Add in the extra bonus of playing under his former boss Monk and Gorre would surely jump at the chance of a Birmingham switch. He could be the bargain buy that Birmingham need to help them back to the Championship or get them moving up the table.