Date: 22nd January 2017 at 10:17am
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Clayton Donaldson polarizes opinions amongst Birmingham City supporters. Some claim he is the pinnacle of much of what the team do in an attacking sense whereas the others claim he’s bumbling and dysfunctional and doesn’t contribute much. I sit in the middle.

What cannot be argued, though, is the fact that Blues rarely win matches when Donaldson isn’t on the pitch.

Last season, his injury coincided with Blues’ downturn in form. Currently, he’s sidelined again after picking up an injury against Ipswich Town, Blues’ last win.

In 2014/15, The Don scored 16 Championship goals after signing from Brentford on a free transfer – it looked to be an absolute steel. Last term, he contributed 11 goals despite missing seven weeks of the season. His tally this season is six in 18 Championship appearances.

Donaldson’s hold up play is outstanding, as is his work rate. However, he’s nearly 33 years old and it seems as if Gary Rowett’s insistence on him playing for 90 minutes week after week is catching up with the Jamaican international.

Gianfranco Zola is yet to have the privilege of having Donaldson available forĀ  selection, or even watching him play. Blues clearly need another striker but whether Zola is waiting for Donaldson to return or actively seeking to bring a new face in remains unknown.

And actually, does Donaldson have a part to play in Zola’s team? Seeing what he can do when the ball is on the deck will be an interesting spectacle. Up to now, the majority of Donaldson’s time at Blues has been looking up to the ball as it’s dropping out of the sky. I wonder if the change in style will bring the best out of him once again.

Blues fans – would you like to see Donaldson back in a Blues shirt? Let us know in the comments section below.

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6 Replies to “Can Clayton Donaldson play a part for Zola’s Blues?”

  • Blues 4 shots on target away from home ain’t enough …according to sods law most home teams average scoring at least one goal at home including those in the relegation positions ..and as it takes 3 or 4 shots at goal on target on average to score a goal overall throughout the season ..away we need 6 shots on target …and as we are short of strikers that are proven goalscorers over a number of seasons ..we have to play the Don …but with only 2 strikers I can’t see us going anywhere as they will have to play with knocks and injuries and the opposition will know this …

  • While Donaldson has some great qualities I don’t think he’s been the same player since he came back from the injury playing for Jamaica. He looks like he’s lost a yard of pace and he seems to be snatching at chances instead of putting them away calmly. Jutkiewicz is better than him in every aspect apart from chasing down lost causes. It will be interesting to see how he plays with ball to feet. Could Juke/Don work with better delivery from wings? Didn’t look good at all under GR. I think having two big men up front make us too one dimensional and the best partnerships are with a big man/small man. We need to get in a quick goal poacher type striker. The Don is really getting on now and we need to be looking at replacing him with someone younger.

  • Simple answer is Donaldson is not going to be a step forward-under Zola. If we had appointed a Warnock or an Allardyce then yes Don.would be ideal.

  • With all the stick the Don has taken its no wonder he looks a bit jaded ,being in the box more has produced penalties ,,but as said another proven striker is needed …Judge would be good ….

  • Donaldson is actually very good at running into the spaces and isn’t bad with the ball at his feet.He will give us another option for the remainder of this season. Yes he misses the target but so does everyone else but maybe with better service and more of it he might just pop a few in. It has to be said that although we had plenty of shots at goal again yesterday the service wasn’t great and they were pretty much half chances. We never manage to open it up for a tap in, but maybe once the new lads settle in we might see some clearer cut chances.

  • Whatever side you sit I think bumbling and disfunctional is a bit harsh. He’s not and never has been that bad, I can think of a few others that fit that description more

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