I was drawn to the news yesterday that Kerim Mrabti has reportedly become a target for German side Hamburg and Portuguese side Braga.
What I discovered when researching an article on it, was that Mrabti only had twelve months left on his contract. And whist the club does have the option of extending his stay at St Andrew’s for another year, I maintain that now is the time to sell him, because his value will only go downhill due to his lack of playing time.
In that same frame of mind, I pondered how many other members of the Blues’ squad had a limited shelf life left at the club.
So although the Championship window has officially closed, there is still the chance that Birmingham will receive offers for some of their players, so here are three players I still think have the potential to go out on loan or even be sold before the end of the international and lower league windows.
David Stockdale: As much as I hate to say it, I think his time at the club has come to an end. I still maintain that he is the better of the keepers between him and Lee Camp, but seeing as the latter has started the season as the first choice, with Moha Ramos waiting in the wings to take over, it’s time for him to depart St Andrew’s. This one I can more than likely see being a loan down into League One, similar to last year when he spent time with Wycombe Wanderers & Southend United.
Jacques Maghoma: Someone else who isn’t necessarily a bad player, but is likely to have his chances limited because of who is ahead of him. Although he started the first game of the season against Brentford, once the likes of Fran Villalba & Alvaro Gimenez lock down the two spots behind Lukas Jutkiewicz, he’s going to find his game time ever slowly decreasing. Whilst there may not be any bidders in for him now, if the club make him available, I can picture someone coming in for him. Possibly his former side Burton Albion.
Jonathan Grounds: A bit of a journeyman footballer, Grounds is another player who is going to find his time at the club limited, with Kristian Pedersen inserted as the first choice left-back this season. He spent last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers and although issues off the field didn’t make things easy, he didn’t make much of an impression there, only making 13 appearances. This one again I can see being a loan, probably to a League One club.
What do you think? Do you think these players still have time left at the club? Or do you think there are players I’ve missed out that could do with leaving?