Date: 22nd January 2017 at 4:37pm
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So far in the January transfer window Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola has compelted five signings, all of which have cost money, but the boss who has been in charge of the club for just over a month now is still missing something.

Despite being able to introduce new signing Kerim Frei from the bench on Saturday in the 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood park, the clear lack of a striker on the bench is still something that is slightly worrying.

Granted, now that Frei has been brought in, Blues fans may see Che Adams drop to the bench and come on as an impact substitute, although this is something I wouldn’t like to see personally, but Zola may look to do it more so now.

Blues only have two fit first team strikers available at the moment in Adams and one of the five summer signings, Lukas Jutkiewicz, but Zola may still be wanting to add another striker to his ranks.

Along with another striker, I think Zola may well look to add another central defender to the squad with Paul Robinson now getting on a bit and Michael Morrison seeming to struggle a little bit under the new regime.

As much as the team captain is trying to change his style of play, it is quite clear that he isn’t the ball playing defender that we would all like him to be so could we see a replacement brougt in for him? Maybe!

Down below are a striker and a central defender who I think Zola could look to bring in to take the squad to the next level. Should they join, Zola will have made seven signings this window. Craig Gardner, Emilio Nsue, Cheick Keita, Jutkiewicz and Frei have all signed so far.


The 21-year-old defender has had his chances limited since joining the Premier League giants and I am sure that Arsene Wenger would love the young Englishman to get some game time under his belt.

Although he may not walk straight into the Blues team, should Zola choose to switch to three at the back, Holding would prove to be a fantastic addition to partner up with Morrison and fellow centre-back Ryan Shotton.

He may not be available to buy out right but if the club could work on something like an 18-month loan deal then I am sure all three parties would benefit from the move.

So far this season Holding has featured eight times for Arsenal, including appearances in the Champions League, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the Premier League.


Although this may seem like a strange suggestion I believe that Guidetti would be the perfect striker for Zola.

Having watched the Swede for some time, I know that Guidetti has a fantastic work ethic and although he may seem similar to current forward Jutkiewicz, the former Manchester City youth player could turn into a star player for Blues.

Currently playing with Celta in La Liga, Guidetti has plenty of experience playing at the top level despite only being 24 and I believe that Zola would be able to through him straight into the mix and he would fit right in at Blues.

The ex-Burnley and Celtic loanee has found the back of the net five times in 23 appearances so far this season and personally I think he would be a great addition to the Blues squad and he could be the difference between a place in the play-offs and finishing mid-table.

Blues fans, do you think Rob Holding and John Guidetti would be good additions to the current crop of players Gianfranco Zola has at his disposal? Let us know in the comment section down below!

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