Date: 15th January 2020 at 7:00pm
Written by: Mark Day

Am I overthinking this?

Or do you think that there is a real chance that it could be happening?

The January window is in full swing, and although the Blues are yet to make any moves either in or out, that doesn’t mean that they’re being left out of the conversation.

Croatian outlet Novi List is reporting that the Blues have their eyes set on Dinamo Zagreb’s Mario Gavranović. The 30-year-old is reportedly interested in a move as he looks to build up minutes ahead of Switzerland’s Euro 2020 campaign.

But it’s not so much the incoming that intrigues me, it’s the potential outgoing as well.

The club currently has three centre-forwards on their books, and when you add the likes of Jeremie Bela who count as a ‘second striker’, you can make the argument that there are four players who can play upfront on a regular basis. With Pep Clotet floating between a 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 formation this season, there are some times where carrying that many would make sense, but if he were to stick with just one man up top, then it means a lot of people are going to be left disappointed.

This is where my overthinking comes into play.

There has been some speculation in the past few weeks linking Lukas Jutkiewicz with a move away from St Andrew’s, making the switch from West to East Midlands and heading to Nottingham Forest. I know that he only signed a new contract this past summer, but given the financial situation at the club, we may not have much choice when it comes to selling our big-name players. Plus when you consider the fact that Jukiewicz spent some time on the bench recently, it proves that he’s not totally droppable in the eyes of Clotet.

Is it completely out of the realms of possibility that the club could be operating with a ‘one in, one out policy’ and allowing Jutkiewicz to move on whilst at the same time not really losing any firepower upfront?

Where do the Blues need to focus on most?

Attack

Attack

Defence

Defence

Let me know what you think. Do you believe that the Blues will be adding a forward to bolster the squad, or do you think that there needs to be a sacrifice, be it Jutkiewicz or someone else, before the club can bring in another player up top?

 
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