Date: 16th July 2018 at 6:00pm
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With the club having lost out on Bartosz Bialkowski, there will be many fans left wondering where our search for a new goalkeeper will be heading next.

Usually, you would simply look at the next name on the list, and go after them, but with the doubts surrounding the transfer embargo, you have to have other contingency plans if we can’t make further signings during this transfer window. So what are our options?

Trust in Trueman

Connal Trueman is 22 years of age. He is still young for a keeper, but not so young that you would think he could struggle to cope with the pressure. However, there is no doubting he lacks experience.

His senior career amounts to four games at National League side Solihull Moors at the start of last season where he conceded 12 goals. He’s a good shot stopper but there are massive question marks about whether he is of sufficient quality to play in the Championship.

Go back to Stockdale or Kuszczak

Going back cap in hand to players you have asked to leave isn’t an easy thing to do, but Garry Monk may have to consider doing that with this pair. It does depend on how things turn out in the coming few weeks. The club may have negotiated successfully with the EFL and had their embargo lifted, but you can’t bank on that happening.

Wih Jamal Blackman having been recruited by Leeds, Stockdale’s exit route doesn’t look clear, and it may be a good idea for the manager to sit down and have theĀ conversation. The player himself has expressed there isn’t any bad blood about the decision to sell him.

Keep on bidding and hope things work out

Probably the likeliest scenario. After losing out Bialkowski, another name is likely being pursued. They could finalise the deal with the player’s club, and hope that the EFL sign off on the deal and register the player in time for the first game of the season.

If the club are confident that the Financial Fair Play problems can be sorted out then keeping with this approach is likely.

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4 Replies to “Birmingham’s Goalkeeper Search Hits A Dead End – What should we do?”

  • What about we just sign Neyland. Already better than Stockdale only 24 years old. Playing in Germany as Under-20s international experience. Arsene Wenger was following him before he left Arsenal. Could get him for 2.4 million he has a release clause. And another big bonus he wants to come to England to play football it’s the next goal for him.

  • Pretty sure there is a plan B otherwise Monk has made a big mistake. He wont get 100% from players he has told are surplus to requirements, its just human nature.
    My concern is that we might have the same problem as last year where deals were not done and we ended up with second, third or fourth choices that cost us a lot of money. I would rather we go with what we have got than be held to ransom for players who are less than average.

  • I agree but Nyland as a 2.4 million release clause. And is current club are willing to let him go for less than that as they can’t afford to keep him there and he wants to leave to play in England that’s a no-brainer for me.

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