Date: 28th May 2018 at 5:00pm
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There are a few fans out there who thought that a move for Peterborough’s Jack Marriott wouldn’t be out of the question this summer.

We were reportedly after him in the January transfer window, and his form continued to be superb throughout the campaign with 33 goals in 56 appearances for the Posh.

The Sun has however reported that the 23-year-old will cost about £6.5m this summer. A significant fee in the Championship but for a League One forward, that is a hefty sum indeed.

Players have not always made the grade after scoring goals by the bucket load in the third tier. Wigan’s Will Grigg and Millwall’s Lee Gregory to name but two. In Marriott’s case, he has only had one prolific season in League One, hitting over 20 for the first time in his career last campaign.

So, his asking price is over-inflated, to say the least. There is said to be a lot of interest in the player which could account for the steep fee, but if this is the market rate for players of his calibre, Garry Monk is going to have a hard time of it finding the type of quality no.9 we desperately need.

Especially considering the implications of Financial Fair Play, it’s going to be very interesting to see how we do in our search for a poacher. None of our strikers reached double figures last season, and if we are going to compete at the right end of the table, the manager will likely see this as a top priority signing.

Whether Marriott’s fee is symptomatic of the type of market the Blues will have to compete in this summer, we’ll have to see. Whatever the case may be, we’ll have to be very smart in our scouting to get what we want.

Garry Monk’s a smart man in the transfer market. Along with his scouts, he will have assessed his targets down to the fine details. The amount of talent on the market is finite, but I am hoping we find a hidden gem, especially if even League One forwards are being sold for small fortunes.


9 Replies to “League One Ace’s £6.5m Valuation Shows How Hard Birmingham’s Search Will Be”

  • It sounds to me like Peterborough’s owner is trying it on, why ?
    Because of this. . . . At the beginning of last season Marcus Maddison wanted to leave Peterborough, but ended up signing a new contract, on the understanding that he would be allowed to leave for 2million, if Peterborough didn’t get promoted, which as we know, they didn’t.
    So now the owners got to honour that agreement, and realistically, Maddison would be worth double that.
    He’s trying to make up for the shortfall on Maddison by pushing up their asking price for Marriott.
    As inflated as the market may be, 6.5million for Marriott alone is far too much, even for both him and Maddison it would be a little high, 5million for the pair would be worth the gamble, but even then, it’s a gamble.
    They’ve done well together at Peterborough, but would they be as effective when they leave ? Unless they both go to the same club.
    With seemingly clubs having to sell players because of FFP, it could mean a more realistic fee for players.
    Then again, the relegated Prem clubs will have to replace those players who didn’t drop down with them, so, will probably have the money to pay that bit more to enable them to achieve an immediate return to the Prem.
    Either way, I think clubs will have to be more careful with their money, and how they spend it , Blues included.

  • With half the Championship teams apparently in trouble over FFP just who is going to be able or willing to pay that sort of money for an untried, at this level, striker?
    I’d imagine that the relegated teams would prefer to gamble on someone who has proved themselves in the Championship and most others have got to tighten their belts.
    If he is sold I doubt if they will get more than 3 million for him.

  • Blues fans need to get real. In today’s market he’s worth 6.5. We sold Gayle in less time for slightly less and hes done well. We sold Assombalonga to Forest for similar money. Both of those were sold a few years back. The chairman will not sell him cheap and 4.5 is cheap.
    Don’t value him at 6.5 then move on. He’s only the top goal scorer,in an average Posh team, outside the Prem.
    Fingers crossed we keep him but should we sell him it will be for 5 +add ons and he will score as he’s fast and tenacious.

    • He as not played Championship football no team will pay 6.5m for him he is unproven outside league 1. Any club in need of a striker willing to spend 6.5m will look within the championship OR PRIM at a young up and coming talent that as at least played in this league. Your dreaming my friend.

  • Marcus, you need to understand a single important fact. Like any commodity, a player is worth what people are prepared to pay for him and not a penny more. When you sell a house, you have it valued in accordance with similar properties in your area, the condition and space your home contains. You, naturally want top dollar for your asset whilst the buyer wants to pay the least he can get away with. Your valuation and that of your estate agent counts for nought if no buyers either turn up, fail to make offers or offer below your asking price consistently. This is no different; if you get £6.5 million for Marriott, so well and good but the reality is that for the player on show, after just a single season at League 1 level, it is unlikely. Time alone will tell.

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