Oh dear, here we go again.
I thought this whole saga was meant to be over with, but just like Brexit, you can never truly get away with it.
As is well known, the FA Cup has become a chance for clubs to rest their players as they focus on the league campaign instead, and Birmingham City were among those clubs that made changes for the game against Blackburn. And one change that was pretty prominent was the re-introduction of Lee Camp, having been exiled out of the side and replaced by Connal Trueman earlier in the campaign.
And according to Blues boss Pep Clotet, there was a very good reason for why he made the change. Speaking in his press conference ahead of the game with Luton Town, the Spaniard explained that he did it so that Camp would be in a good condition if he were required later in the season:
“It was important for me to give Lee the game for a few reasons. The most important one because despite I was playing Connal he has been doing his job fantastically and been very supportive of the team and club and showing he is a fantastic professional. Second you don’t want to play a goalkeeper and the second goalkeeper is not involved. You want everyone on their toes so they don’t feel rusty.”
Thing is, I get the logic behind the decision, I just think he just executed it with the wrong person.
If he was doing it to keep a goalkeeper fresh for the rest of the season, he should have given the job to Moha Ramos, just like I’ve been calling for all season. Camp’s time at St Andrew’s should be over, he very nearly cost us in the game against Blackburn with yet another mistake, it’s time to look towards the future, and that’s why Ramos should have been the one to go in goal rather than Camp.
I hope that Ramos does get his chance before the end of the season, and with the next round of the FA Cup throwing up a game against a League One side, you’d think that there would be some more first-team changes taking place.
Will Ramos get his chance before the end of the season?
Let’s just hope that he goes for the younger option the next time around, because hopefully it will provide him a gateway to games later on in the season.