Date: 13th February 2018 at 9:13am
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Birmingham City are working with Chelsea in an attempt to strike a deal which will see Jeremie Boga remain at St. Andrews on loan next season.

The 21 year-old winger has appeared 25 times during a fairly successful loan spell this term and would be open to another year in the second city. In the event of Blues being relegated to League One in May, Chelsea would pull the plug on any potential agreement.

Boga signed a new three-year contract at Stamford Bridge in August and is a player the hierarchy in West London rate highly.

But with Chelsea`s vast options in wide areas and their financial muscle which is likely to see a squad overhaul in the summer, Boga is unlikely to be anywhere near their first team squad.

Boga has bags of potential but is still very wet behind the ears – a situation that Steve Cotterill and Jeff Vetere (Director of Football) hope to take advantage of.

Blues have accrued a lot of credit in the bank where Chelsea are concerned as Boga has been given the opportunity to develop and they will hope to be at the front of the queue for his services.

Meanwhile, 20 year-old defender Wes Harding yesterday penned a contract extension keeping him at Blues until June 2020.

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11 Replies to “Blues hoping to extend loan deal of Chelsea youngster”

  • Rob.How many times have we said ?bags of potential ?? Much as I like Boga,he doesn?t score goals.We are not the team for him.He needs a quality midfield either behind him or alongside him.We just don?t pass the blinking ball and that?s the hard facts.Since the year dot Blues have always by passed the midfield with the ball booted up to the front players.Occasionally we get a decent winger like Lazaridis who can cross a ball but mainly it?s a case of our midfield unable to string a couple of passes.

  • Blues at the moment will only slowdown his development. I hate to say it but he would be better suited to villa and their superior coaching ability. Our two matches against them this season are perfect examples. It is widely understood within the inner corridors of football, the difference between an upper-tier manager and their lower league counterparts is not the amount of work ethic, enthusiasm, determination or even the ability to set a team up to play a certain tactical way? It is actually Game Management ? making influential decisions whilst under pressure which turn the game back in your favour. In the first encounter with villa at STans Blues started to dominate and Bruce displayed his skills by making two substitutions in the second half which changed their formation, tactics and the game instantly. He brought Jedinak on after 60mins who played just in front of their defence which nullified our attacking threat; it also gave them greater possession of the ball. He then brought on Davies 74mins who caused us problems immediately, nearly snatching victory for them when hitting the woodwork himself before setting up Kodjia moments later who hit the bar as well. Boga needs that level of tactical nous to prepare him for playing in the PL ? anything less is harmful to the kid.

  • Yes you are right Rob,the more games Boga plays the more he learns.Question is will it make him a better player. Take Adams as an example:- Under Rowett he blossomed,Under Zola and Cotterill he has stood still even taking into account of his injury problems. Boga,Adams and Cogley will get better but will it be with us. Cogley will be the one to watch with keen interest.One former England manager who is still managing in the Premiership told me recently that Cogley should emulate young Robertson who is now with Liverpool.With our current coaching and I include Carsley and Robinson as well as Cotterill,it wouldn?t surprise me to see him go out on loan.Hope this will not be the case. Jota also is in a downward spiral,despite his goals at SW,-Villa was another example of how not to get players to improve themselves- Giving them meagre time on the pitch at the time of lost causes is damaging. Players like Boga and latterly Toral simply have to move on if their careers are important to them.

  • We are two thirds into the season and we are 30 goals behind a promotion push why are we playing boga ..results are everything and as good as he looks at times he is never going to get us enough goals or assist enough goals …we need 3 high scoring attacking players up front ……and we need 3 midfield players behind them that scores goals makes goals and can defend …we need to wake up and plan better …for me blues are not heading in the right direction …looking good means nothing scoring goals is everything ….COME ON

  • Ohio good to see you understand the bigger picture ? and the absolute essential value of good coaching being vital to a players development.

  • Boga has bags of potential but he is 21 and should be doing it on the pitch now or he will not make it. His decision making still needs a lot to be desired. Examples include hanging on to the ball too long when other players are in better positions. We have definitely increased his workrate as he wouldn’t track back or try to win the ball back if he lost it. His shooting and set pieces have been disappointing. I would like to see us giving our own youngsters a chance. Someone like Chieck Keita at left wing or the likes of Lakin, O Keeffes breaking into the side. I appreciate a relegation battle is not the time but you have to question the policy of bringing in rookies like Bramall and Boga and developing for other teams and getting rid of our own like Kerim Frei and Chieck Keita. IMO neither player is an improvement on the players we already had.

  • Ljaz. Good point about developing players for other clubs. At 21 players of his type who are tipped to play in the PL for a top club usually still have 2 to 3 years of development before they force their way into the starting 11 on a regular basis. I’m sure you could name some exceptions, but generally speaking its usually age 23 – 24 before they are good enough for the PL. They send them to Championship clubs to toughen them up, work on their physique and improve fitness levels as you have noticed in him. The flaws in decision making, shooting, set pieces, positioning, reading the game better and the general limitations of a young player are improved by good coaching on the training ground, and with better players around him first and foremost who he can learn from. IMO the technical stuff will not be taught him at Wast Hills.

  • Away from the Boga topic for a second.Imagine you are a real talent in your teens and football clubs are chasing you.You then sign for a lower league club (Southend) and then better clubs want you.You then move but have a problem which is attitude-deciding each day and every future club you play for will get the very worst out of you.Football ability wise you have it in abundance but the attitude eclipses it all.Enter Jack Storer who could have been a real gem but alas has been shown the door.

  • Jack Storer looked the business in that pre season and I thought a bit of aggression was good with it just being reeled in a bit. Rowett described him as the best young finisher he’d ever seen. Marcus Rashford was just coming into the fore and fans were drawing parallels. He comes on versus Cardiff and looks quite lively. Has a few more cameos and looked decent. Plays Wolves and gets wound up and sent off and then starts kicking the advertising hoardings injuring himself in the process. He doesn’t get another look in after that. He is sent on loan to a few places and doesn’t put much of an effort in. Seems like a talented player with a bad attitude who is just going to waste his talent. Could we have got a psychiatrist to sort out his head? It will be interesting to see if Gary Rowett signs him for Derby. Something tells me no. Like Ravel Morrison, Nile Ranger and Reece Brown I think he’ll fail to fulfill his potential.

  • We don’t really know how much the club tried to help JS off the field? But I agree he certainly looked like a real quality forward coming through. A great shame for him and us ? a good finisher in the side and we would all be commenting on a different type of season.

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