Date: 23rd January 2017 at 9:17am
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Craig Gardner reckons ‘something special` is happening at Birmingham City. And when he says he ‘didn`t return to the club just to sit in the middle of the Championship`, his belief in Gianfranco Zola`s vision is evident.

Of course, you`ll get the odd conspiracy theorist claiming that Gardner is only saying what the fans want to hear. Perhaps these are the same people who claim that Zola only struck a deal to bring him back to St. Andrews to appease the supporters (how anyone can deny he`s an improvement on what we already had is beyond me) but the fact is, he knows the club, he knows what the fans are about and he brushed off interest from the Premier League to return home, such was his confidence in the set-up.

Four national newspapers awarded Gardner with their man of the match accolade for his performance against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. And while the local media seem to disagree (the Birmingham Mail awarded Gardner six out of ten) there is signs that he is already making a positive impact.

The victims of Gardner`s return come in the shape on Maikel Kieftenbeld and Robert Tesche who have been peripheral figures of late. Kieftenbeld may still have a big part to play but I wouldn`t be at all surprised if Tesche was moved on in the summer.

Currently, Zola`s favoured three appear to be Gardner, David Davis and Stephen Gleeson. With Kieftenbeld the main deputy and the promise of Reece Brown still lurking around the first team picture, Tesche`s time on the pitch will be scant.

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9 Replies to “Gardner’s Birmingham City return has its victims”

  • Nothing different to any other club. Its a bout having a squad and fighting for places. Opportunities arise through injuries and suspensions or lack of form. Tesche didnt become a bad player overnight and I feel there is a place for him in the current set up once he regains some form. Kieftenbeld is the destroyer and will play a part in games. Brown needs an opportunity to prove himself but to date he hasn’t imposed himself when given time on the pitch.

  • Gazal – Tesche hasn’t been effective since he signed permanently. A friend of mine, Forest ST holder, was happy to see him leave. He said he doesn’t bring anything to the team albeit he works hard. That is what I am finding this season.

  • Deary me, “Its” not “It’s”.
    Gardner is adequate but the game tends to go on around him. I have never seen him dominate the middle of the park but I hope he proves me wrong. His free-kicks and shooting from distance are a welcome addition.

  • Maybe it was a case of us being so bad back then we made him look better than he is. Still needed for back up though.
    Lost marks for “a bout” rather than “about” too. Just looking up “Deary”

  • The grammar police are out in force I see. Dugazza- it’s called automatic entry text. Gazal – I didn’t write ‘a bout’

  • Tesche, can play in place of Gleeson, He is much better than Gleeson, At that deep laying playmaker role he played this role for us on loan but as not played it since he as returned and the sooner ZOLA realizes this the better. Rob You must have very stupid friends! Come on now you cant say Tesche, as been poor since he signed permanently he was doing very well along side Kieftenbeld, until he got injured and lost his place to Gleeson, Ever way you look at it he is very good cover which we need. KRO

  • Gazal – I was going to say…confused me then! Haha. Waycoolblue – what has Tesche done? He has been poor/average since he signed. For me, Gleeson would play over Tesche every time. Not that I have anything against Tesche, I just think he offers very little to the squad. The Brighton game summed him up. Gleeson went off and Tesche came on, we went to pot.

  • Rob That was Zola’s mistake Trying to play Cogley as a winger Tesche, had nothing to do with that like I have already said he signed permanently he was doing very well along side Kieftenbeld, until he got injured he is 10 times the player Gleeson, is it looks to me you are just trying to discredit every player GR signed what is your problem who you going to have a dig at next.

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