Date: 8th November 2019 at 7:30pm
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No excuses will do now at St.Andrews with the previous lack of forward power at Birmingham City.

Recent developments must result in more goals.

For so long we have had the laboured use of only the brave Juke and a far lesser threat in the shape of Gimenez.

This week, and praise to the Blues Board, we have signed a pacy forward in Jeremie Bela and the return to fitness of Montero. Add these to our attacking group and we have the wherewithal to hurt teams. No ifs and buts in my opinion.

Should these additions not fire then there is no doubt our hierarchy will get a coaching team in that can get them firing. Speed has always been lacking in recent seasons in wide areas and it is this that hurt teams in the final twenty minutes of games. Whether Montero or Bela come on, it is that impact of speed to pull tiring full backs into panic.

These new additions are just what the club have yearned for and the fragile gap between us and third spot in the league must have whetted the appetite of our owners. So near you can almost hear them saying it. Whether we get the best out of them is the big question and I sincerely hope that the likeable Pep Clotet is the person to do it.

We as a club do not want to discuss issues such as who replaces who in our defence – for days on end – this week it has centred on Harlee Dean’s replacement, but the talk should be about which speed merchants are going to make the first eleven against Fulham.

We are always going to concede goals but if the striking set up we now have with Bela and Montero added to the matchday squad, properly coached, can outdo the goal or goals against column.

At home, our high press tactics must start and finish throughout. Players such as Colin, Sunjic and Crowley have stood out so far this season – let’s hope they are now added by the likes of Bela and Montero.

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8 Replies to “Blues ready to use speedy strike force – fans will hope duo are unleashed on Fulham”

  • We now have the tools to inflict damage to a fair number of teams who are around us. Confidence is the key.Get a few goals and we could see a different blues . Need a good 3 -0 win tomorrow.

  • Not discuss the Centre half replacement? I guarantee that the replacement for Dean is the main factor in what happens to us tomorrow. Twice we have scored 2 away and lost. How many games have we lost with a clean sheet? The opposition actually created nothing last Saturday and we still conceded 4!!!

  • Mrabti was a good signing but his goal s tally upfront is less than Pederson,s striker score or they fail end of …for me Montero should be in if not villalba …Vela has still to prove himself for me but I wish him well ……

    • Mrabti had a great game last time out and while not scoring has linked up well with team mates. I think same team again with JCS for Dean. Bring on Bela later on for Mrabti. Montero looked excellent when he came on versus Barnsley but Fran and Crowley have looked superb and the rest is f the team picks itself. Good options to bring on but great performances without the results.

  • What worries me is that Montero is injury prone and Bela is not match fit. Giminez has not met expected potential and Vilaba is still “work in progress”. Pep has to get both his playing style and team selection spot on this weekend if we are to win. We might only be 3 points outside the top 6 but lose 2 or three games and relegation will loom. We want to be where we are now at the end of December.

  • Brian is right I feel. Stay in this position for the next month and who knows. Fixtures away at Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday will be tricky but get this team formation right and we might just have a real chance come January. Bela and Montero are in truth ‘unknowns’ so we cannot judge or get too excited. However I agree that Clotet has the players he wants now so over to him. Get it wrong then it will be curtains for him.

  • I think bellingham needs a rest and would play mceachen. Keep marati his movement is excellent hes quick moves defenders around clake saler for dean no brainer
    So. Camp. Colin. Roberts salter pedenson. Sunjic. Mceachen.crowley villabia juckawicw mabrati. subs. truman harding. davis. bela maghoma jemeniz.

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