Date: 24th April 2017 at 8:08am
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Harry Redknapp said that he didn’t know a great deal about his Birmingham City squad. And looking at the team sheet yesterday, the lack of pace and quality was alarming.

While Harry did what he could and returned to basics – and gave Blues a more organised look – there was little threat, creativity or invention.

Lukas Jutkiewicz ran himself into the ground but his reappearance for the second half after limping off injured at half time summarised the lack of options.

Even so, Jutkiewicz is Blues’ main source of goals but has never netted more than his current haul of 12 in a single season. Signing a striker in the summer is imperative. Yet there’s little point in signing a goal scorer without bringing in a little invention.

The midfield is also too passive. Blues have several ball winners and much dogedness, but when it comes to a final pass, a killer instinct, it’s nowhere to be seen.

In defence, Blues looked a lot more solid yesterday and finally impersonated a cohesive unit. But Villa’s goal bought to light the problems that have been occurring too often. Lack of marking, failure to clear the lines and no picking up of the second ball.

An overhaul of the squad is needed in the summer if Blues are to challenge for the play offs – or even get close to it.

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4 Replies to “Blues summer overhaul needed regardless of division”

  • Rob.we also have to contend with minus £6m.from dropping a division-this being Sky. TTA I feel sure will not relish League One at all.

  • Paul Hung is a winner , this will be hurting his pride , it’s a pity he stands in the shadow of STANS so much , ,but there again it’s his choice …The championship is a hard league to be changing your side or system in ..But Paul Hung seems Adament that blues will be a success ..So i guess he still will spend big in the summer no matter what division we are in …

  • If we go down we’ll have to cut our cloth accordingly because of FFP regulations. We will have to move on players on big wages but in truth how many of those players will appeal to other teams – Kuszczak, Shotton, Davis, Adams. I can’t really see any takers for many of the others. The players were were considering releasing like the Koby Arthur’s maybe the ones we may need to keep as TTA will not be able to just buy their way out of league 1.

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