Without doubt, this working week will be a crucial one for the management of our club, Birmingham City.
Their decisions on which players come in and who leaves is probably the trickiest transfer window they have faced. We as supporters know what we want as regards reinforcements and it is pointless naming the positions repeatedly, as looking at the league statistics will tell it all.
The biggest talking point, of course, is the Jude Bellingham situation. Do we really have mouth-watering figures banded around by a few Premier Clubs who want Jude and want him now or is this hype?
We will know more by the end of the transfer deadline.
Should a figure of £30m be the reality, and it does appear in most reports allegedly, then that does require serious consideration in view of the Club’s financial statistics that we have read. Like all supporters at all clubs, we want to know how much will be spent on players. Owners and fans have always had different opinions – but we have to respect the fact that our owners are the ones paying the bills.
Looking at the remaining league games and assessing our status at the end of the season has to be the priority for our hierarchy, which is why I feel we are treading on thin ice. A few weeks ago, Stoke City looked dead and buried, with Middlesbrough and earlier was the case of Reading.
Blues are woefully the poorest performers along with Luton, Wigan, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Charlton. Getting in with this bunch for the next seventeen games is not wanted, and this is the crunch – do we cash in and buy decent players?
Again crucial decisions by management needed. Widespread opinions, if they are to be taken seriously by Bluenoses, is that Bellingham should remain and develop with the club – all very well if the club is progressing and winning games. Jude very rarely comes off the pitch as a winner.
Something else to consider. As stated, much to consider by our owners this week. Forest at home next game and it is so important that we arrive at this game in a positive mood and we all know just what I mean.