Date: 23rd August 2019 at 7:30am
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I did say that there were potentially going to be some moves.

And it turns out I was right, although this one was probably some way down the list of expected departures.

The Blues announced yesterday that 20-year-old attacking midfielder Charlie Lakin is to join Stevenage on loan until the end of the season. Having made a few appearances at the start of last season, opportunities have become a little bit harder to come by thanks to the array of transfers that they have made this summer.

It is interesting to note though, that the club have announced that they do have the option of bringing him back during the January transfer window. Although common practice by parent clubs when sending players out on loan, I do think it’s a smart move to have included it as part of the deal.

Birmingham started the summer with a rather small squad, but have filled it out quite nicely with plenty of signings, but you never know when you might find yourself in a situation like Leeds did last season with a heavy spate of injuries through the year. So the fact that the club does have the flexibility to bring him back in case such an unfortunate set of circumstances should occur is a positive outcome.

Also as FootballInsider reported with Leeds and their situation regarding the Eddie Nketiah loan deal, clubs can sometimes face financial penalties if they don’t give their loan players enough minutes. So perhaps Birmingham are valuing playing time over finances in this situation, because if they feel he isn’t playing enough they can call him back and send him to another club where he might get more minutes.

What do you make of the loan move? Are Stevenage the right club for him? Would you prefer he went somewhere else? Or do you think he should have stayed and added a bit more depth to the first team, perhaps even made a few appearances with them?

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7 Replies to “Blues make interesting move with window winding down – Report”

  • Stevenage is the club where Sneddon spent the 1st half of last season. He was recalled in January and loaned to Wimbledon a division higher. The experienced gain at these club has allowed him to force his way into the squad so prehaps Blues intend to follow same route with Lakin

    • I agree Linda, and I think the move will do him the world of good. I met Charlies dad in Bar 8 before a game at StAns last season, really down to earth bloke, and he was saying then that Charlie just wanted to learn and do the best he can.

  • Lakin should’ve been loaned to a League one side. Perhaps it was because they know he will almost certainly be guaranteed regular football at Stevenage. Seddon excelled at Stevenage last year and I think a good relationship has been developed between the clubs. He should tear up that league and come back a lot stronger physically.

  • Slightly different subject. Whats happening about that little flurry of reports of Blues and QPR chasing free agent Getafe defender. My brother in-law is a very keen QPR supporter and he says people in and around QPR are not aware of this. Is this just another lot of made up paper talk.

  • Good move for Lakin as his first team opportunities would be very limited this season, think he will benefit the same as Seddon and toughen up in the process.

  • Pep closet reveals Birmingham city pian should striker situation Wilfred bony played for Swansea then transferred for £25.000.000 to Manchester City he is a free agent with no club and is training with Newport I would sign him up no fee and modest wages

  • I really hope Pep can turn things round, I personnally think in this league we are going to get more drubbings unless he changes things. I just hope the team start to understand what is needed because we look poor, we have time but getting buried 3 – 0 every other week is going to see us in a relegation fight KRO

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