Date: 25th November 2019 at 8:00pm
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Whilst some of the talk coming out of the game this weekend was about the change in goal, there was one thing from the previous game that didn’t change.

Having gone most of the season with a 4-4-2 formation, Pep Clotet decided to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation that he utilised against Fulham before the international break, with Jacques Maghoma and Jeremie Bela taking the places of Fran Villalba and Kerim Mrabti respectively.

Clotet said during pre-season that he wanted his teams to be flexible, but he hasn’t really shown it that much this season given how he stuck with the 4-4-2 for so long during the early stages of the campaign. Now though it looks as if those plans are starting to come to fruition.

I personally believe that this is the best formation for the Blues going forward, as it gives the opportunity for more people for help out Lukas Jutkiewicz up top. With the two wingers being pushed further up the field, it allows more bodies to be in and around the penalty area when Jutkiewicz wins the knockdown headers.

And although Birmingham have only managed to get one point out of the last two games with the formation, I think there is plenty of potential for it to be effective in the future, all they need is time to get used to it, and more importantly trying to find the right people to fill those positions.

As Brian Dick noted in his assessment of the game regarding Jeremie Bela, although the same point can be made for a number of players:

“Billed either as a flying wing or a goal-scoring forward there wasn’t much opportunity for the 26-year-old to show his abilities in either capacity, as the change to a 4-2-3-1 in many ways pressed the reboot button and the team had to start to learn a new set-up. The player, like the system had something of a ‘work in progress’ appearance.”

How many goals will Bela score this season?

1 - 5

1 - 5

5 - 10

5 - 10

10 +

 10 +

Once those adjustments have all been made and players are comfortable in their roles, things will get better for the Blues, but just as I’ve been saying all season, a little bit of patience is what we need. Then the results will come through.

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4 Replies to “Changes at Birmingham will be beneficial, just give them the time to work – Opinion”

  • I personally think we have a half descent squad and I think it was the right thing to do buying younger players in and promoting players from the under 23s, granted we have not replaced Adams but that will be rectified I am sure…whether we can make it to the play offs I am not so sure, if not just build a solid base to really have a go next season.

  • Stick with 442. We have created a lot of chances in recent games. We just need someone to finish off those chances. We created less playing 4231. Less chances created means less chance of scoring a goal. I do think 4231 is a more solid formation and better suited to away games. However I feel there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

  • Sorry we’ve only scored 17 goals this should be double this figure . How can you only play Juke up front and Crowley at number 10 ridiculous. The teams never going to improve if he keeps changing personal every game. After 17 games they should have gelled so stop saying fans should be patience.

  • the football has been very good on the eye soon we are going to wallop someone. i have an albion friend who thinks his team are pulling miles above there weight, and has watched the blues and thinks they are more entertaining.that will do for me.

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