Date: 18th June 2016 at 11:49pm
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In the past month, Birmingham City haven’t really been linked with any central midfielders apart from the obvious one, Robert Tesche, and that can only mean good things for under 21’s star Luke Maxwell.

On January 18th 2016, Blues forked out £75,000 for the young Kidderminster Harriers man and since then he has been a shining light in the development squad and the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship campaign could be a big step in his further enhancement as a player.

After his arrival, it was agreed that Maxwell would continue to play for Harriers but he would also play some games for the under 21’s side at the Blues and as the season drew to a close, he started to play more and more until it was eventually confirmed that he would train with the squad full time.

His playing style is obviously something that first team manager Gary Rowett has been looking for for some time, a big, strong holding midfielder who isn’t afraid to do the dirty work in and around the box as well.

The robust midfielder will turn 19 whilst the club are away on their preseason training camp and with Rowett likely to offer him the chance to join up with the first team, Maxwell will certainly look to impress whilst in Spain and it is likely that he will also be involved in the majority of our first team preseason friendlies as well, which start on the 12th of July against Solihull Moors.

Blues currently have three solid central midfielders in the shape of Maikel Kieftenbeld, Stephen Gleeson and David Davis but with Maxwell on the fringes of the first team, I can see him playing a bit part at some point next season and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw his name on the substitutes bench a few times as well.

I understand that he may not be ready for the championship at the moment but it wouldn’t harm Rowett to put him on the pitch in a Capital One Cup game, or when we are two or three goals up in a match, like he did with Charlee Adams last season, because I think it would really boost him as a player and help him mature.

The way I see it, Maxwell has handled himself a lot better than Reece Brown over the past six months and I think he will be given the nod next season ahead of Brown because of the way he has behaved and contributed to the team and because of how he has focused so hard on getting to where he is now.

Blues fans, do you think that Luke Maxwell would be a better shout for our fourth midfielder rather than signing somebody? Let is know in the comment section down below!

 
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