Birmingham have been handed a bit of a boost in their attempts to sign this *ahem* bright young star.
Enobakhare spent last year on loan at League One side Coventry City and was pretty impressive, scoring six goals and providing three assists in his eighteen appearances, with reports earlier in the summer suggesting that Coventry were likely to make a run at him again.
Nuno has said that he is willing to let the 21-year-old leave Molineux this summer, but the move is more than likely going to be a loan one rather than a permanent deal. Obviously he sees something bright in the kid’s future and doesn’t want to lose him. This then comes down to the judgement and decision of Nuno. Does he send him back to a club where he knows Enobakhare can play well, or does he have enough faith in him to step up another level and send him to Birmingham in the Championship?
Birmingham City fans have been crying out for the forward position to be sorted out this summer, and they were greeted with step one of that plan when Lukas Jutkiewicz signed a contract extension the other day. There are still concerns about replacing the goals that left the club when Che Adams departed for Southampton. Could Enobakhare be the person to fill that space? Barring some dramatic increase in productivity compared to last term, probably not on his own.
It would still be an extra body to have at Pep Clotet’s disposal, and given how thin the squad is at the moment, it certainly wouldn’t hurt. To use an American Football expression, it could be a case of strike partner ‘by committee’, which basically boils down to a number of guys sharing the workload, rather than have one person doing 100% of it.
A rotating partner for Jutkiewicz with Kerim Mrabti, Isaac Vassell and the hopefully newly acquired Bright Enobakhare could be what the team needs to kick on. If each of them contributes seven or eight goals a season, then that will make up for the twenty-two that Adams scored in the league last term. You might need to give Enobakhare the majority of play to make it worth Nuno sending him out, he won’t want him warming the bench, but he certainly wouldn’t play every week.
In short, this is definitely the sort of player that Birmingham should be aiming for, just don’t expect him to be this knight in shining armour that will take the league by storm and win the Golden Boot. A few goals here and there and he’ll have done his job.