Whichever way you look at it, and whatever we are led to believe, Birmingham City’s owners want success on the field. Fifteenth in the league and slipping is not looking good.
From the optimism of possible upward travel, to looking downward at the deadwood, is now a reality. When you’re a home team with its support and you cannot turn over a poor side like Queens Park Rangers, then something is wrong.
Yes we won at Reading, following a run of three draws, which was decent but before that we had a poor run of defeats, all in a meagre return of points.
What makes everything so disappointing is the way we play in the final third of the pitch which is bordering on dire. Tuesday night’s defeat was a bitter pill to swallow and again highlights the frailties we face when strikers are meant to score.
Bellingham is not potent as he should be and his assists are not materialising. No fault of his I quickly jump in, but surely the weekly coaching at Wast Hills should make him better. Playing matches is good for experience and rightly so but the improvement week by week has to be the aim. Are we seeing players improving is questionable?
This week heralded an opportunity to build on the Reading result but with the QPR loss being a horrible jolt, we now need to get something from West Brom on Saturday. League positioning is everything and slipping further will haunt our newly promoted head coach.
The next transfer window must give our owners some thought, but if we drop among the dead men, then deep pockets will probably not be entered. Possession football has improved by Clotet’s blueprint but the real weapon needed to actually win games of football has disappointingly been by-passed. This vital ingredient may well prove costly to him despite his recent promotion in terms of status.