Date: 18th January 2018 at 10:54am
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Jonathan Grounds` contract extension comes as no big surprise. The left-back, who turns 30 next month, has clocked up 165 appearances for Blues since signing from Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2014.

It`s fair to say that Grounds will never be the most technically gifted player in the world. But what he lacks in flare and guile he makes up for in reliability. Blues have always had players who ‘do a job` and Grounds is the perfect carrier of this label.

In some quarters, Grounds is dismissed as ‘not good enough` but since the day he walked into the club as somewhat of an unknown quantity, he has always been relied upon. In fact, five different managers have selected him ahead of competitors in what can often be a problem position in football.

His performances have ranged from positionally suicidal to absolutely solid. But more often than not, they are somewhere in between – perhaps consistently decent would be an accurate description.

In the last two seasons alone, more skilful alternatives have been tried and tested. Cheick Keita was drafted in from Virtus Entella by former manager Gianfranco Zola last January with a reputation as one of the brightest young players in Italy. On occasions, he wowed the fans with an array of step overs and a burst of pace but defensively, he was found wanting.

This term, Cohen Bramall was bought in on loan from Arsenal by Harry Redknapp. But after just three appearances, it is expected that Bramall will be sent back to his parent club this month.

Grounds` consistency has been the sole factor of his success at Blues. He is a player who will never get the credit he deserves – some people fail to look beyond the odd defensive mishap – but his contract extension has been earned. It represents a good piece of business for Blues.


6 Replies to “Grounds extension represents good business for Blues”

  • Sorry Rob but this should total complacency by our club. We are going forever backwards,and blues fans know it. Latest fiasco with Ren and Dein leaves us rudderless and without hope.

  • Way to go is aim for 80 + goals per season …try for scoring 2 goals per game + , 6 shots on target on average per game , aim for only 1 goal against on average per game , which in the last 6 games we have done so that leaves assists and goals ……over to you Mr Ren ….Rowett has 7 good strikers at derby that’s getting them on a path to promotion …..blues haven’t enough accounting for injuries , and also need a playmaker , to assist in making goals . We need to buy even if it’s having players on a years loan with a guaranteed fee at the next window or window ….lets get back on the glory trail COME ON …the losses on relegation will vastly out way any spending on players ….

  • Nice thoughts David.However we Really are in a mess with regarding the finances.With so many new players arriving and commitments of long contracts ,the figure of £50m which is needed to secure our future has been ?bombshelled? by the realisation that next season League One clubs get £1m compared to the improved £10m.for Championship clubs.This David is where the problem lies.Never,ever was this scenario ever considered in the heady days of last summer under Harry. Securing Grounds and Keifenbeld is the only way forward of,at least,trying to compete in a lower division.This amazing situation has rocked the owners big time and in fairness to them-they,like us,could never have envisaged a more disastrous on field failure in their wildest dreams.My delving into certain issues with our beloved club is purely down to myself,I am no sports reporter nor journalistic guru.However,I do like the truth and it is always there if you dig deep enough.

  • I feel somewhat sorry for the writers on Vital who probably have to cut a fine balance between being positive and telling us what they really believe. I don’t know how much outside pressure is put on them to post with optimism, if any? What I do know is we are in yet another relegation battle with some Blues supporters so influenced by our troubles they celebrate news regarding mediocre players as if it?s great. I hate the way a small club mentality is now sweeping through the younger fans at St Andrews and have real sympathy for them. I see a big difference between having a sober judgement regarding our possible lower league status next season; and praising the owners for securing players who on their best days are only average. MK and JG signing new contracts is very sad news indeed, demonstrating just how far we have fallen. If this was happening at villa their fans would be in uproar at the owners for clearly showing a lack of ambition. KRO doesn’t mean we have to settle or take pride in second best. Surely our club is better than that!

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