Date: 24th July 2019 at 7:45pm
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It could be a case of ‘One man in, one man out’ at St Andrew’s.

Having today completed the signing of Jake Clarke-Salter on a season-long loan from Chelsea, the Blues could be about to lose a member of an already thin squad. The Sky Sports transfer centre reported yesterday that Ipswich Town are eyeing up a move for Birmingham’s 23-year-old right-back Josh Cogley.

Cogley has found game time a little bit hard to come by in recent seasons, with Frenchman Maxine Colin ahead of him in the pecking order, as he started 43 of the 46 Championship games last season. Cogley did get a few games in 2016/17 under the stewardship of Gianfranco Zola but since then has only made four more league appearances.

However, I think that Birmingham need to be very careful about loaning Cogley out. As I said earlier, the squad is pretty thin at the moment, and they need to get the balance exactly right between letting someone go out for experience (which he does need, I’m not going to argue that), but also leaving yourself too vulnerable if your squad is hit with a plague of injuries and suspensions.

Newly appointed Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi recently said that the Championship is like a marathon, and he’s right, you need a big squad if you are going to deal with all that it entails. Then there are the cup competitions on top of it, if you do reasonably well, you could end up playing north of 50 games.

This loan would be a great move for him, if he ends up the first choice in East Anglia then he could be getting 45+ games under his belt and be ready to compete for a spot at St Andrew’s in 2020, but Birmingham need to make sure that they have an adequate depth at the right-back position before sending him out on loan. If that means dipping into the academy to find some cover, or by getting someone on loan from another club then so be it, just make sure you get the balance perfect, or it could come back to bite you.

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5 Replies to “Birmingham need to get balance right before sending defender down a division – Report”

  • Cogley game time and I’m sure there’ll be a recall clause in any deal. But you’re forgetting we have Harding who can cover that position.


  • They must be really pleased you have pointed this out as you may well have prevented a disaster. What a dreadful oversight this would have been. Give the club a call tomorrow with your transfer plans.

  • Last year we had less defenders available to us. Yes we’ve lost a big one in Morrison but we have added JCS, Seddon, Keita and Grounds to mix. Cogley is way down the pecking order at 3rd choice right back. Colin and Harding are ahead of him. Harding struggles to get game time never mind Keita. At the moment I think the first choice back 3 will be Dean Roberts JCS. Colin will be first choice RWB. Quite possibly Seddon could be first choice LWB. This leaves Harding, Cogley, Pederson, Keita and Grounds as backups. I honestly think we have enough defenders and it is not as thin as you think.

  • We really need to replace players before selling them as well ..selling Adam’s before getting one in is a recipe for disaster …which to me once again shows the board not to be up to speed ..the club should have list of top ten replacements for each position in the team from around the world at the right price at a minutes notice , with the lists changing with price and present form ….

  • Cogs is still of value, let someone else pay his wages for a while and get him some real playing time. Ipswich should be amongst the L1 front runners which will be also valuable experience

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