Reports broke yesterday suggesting sources close to Koby Arthur has revealed he had rejected Birmingham City’s offer of a deal deal to remain with the club.
The Birmingham Mail are stating this morning that this is not the complete picture regarding Koby. The youngster is actually yet to give the club a formal answer on his contract offer and they are still waiting to hear.
This news doesn’t point one way or another, although it does bring the situation back into the balance. Whereas yesterday we were being told he was on his way out, now we know that we’re at the stage just before that. Arthur is making a decision, although silence on the deal isn’t the same as signing one.
Arthur is desperate to play first-team football, having tasted it on loan at Cheltenham; where he was very much the toast of the town after some terrific form whilst there.
He is a year older than Demarai Gray and could well see any departure of Gray as his chance to take the reigns on the wings at Birmingham.
I think young players under Rowett will certainly get a chance, this season more than last. The manager has already said he wants to reduce the size of the squad for two reasons.
1. The budget can be used for effectively to bring in better quality in shorter numbers, and by doing that
2. This is enable more youngsters to be in and around the match day squad and if they’re good enough they will go into the team.
This season could well see the likes of Gray, Adams, Brown and Arthur all come into the Blues squad and make strides to becoming first team players. But first Birmingham need to hold onto both Gray and Arthur.
We will keep you updated when something more concrete comes up. But as it stands, the most reliable source yet says – the player hasn’t rejected anything, he hasn’t signed anything either.
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