Date: 17th August 2018 at 4:00pm
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Garry Monk has confirmed they are actively looking for a replacement for Cheikh N’Doye following his departure from the club, but they don’t have one specific player lined up.

The injury to David Davis, combined with Craig Gardner’s suspension, means the manager has just two available central midfielders to choose from for tonight’s game. Speaking at his pre-match press conference yesterday, he said:

“Losing Cheikh, an experienced player, and David Davis (ankle injury) has weakened the area. Even though we bought Gary Gardner in, we need to assess it. We need to understand our options. But we’re working hard behind the scenes under the restrictions we have to find the right players. It isn’t easy, but if somebody comes along then great.”

With the loan fee we reportedly got for N’Doye, it was unsurprising the 32-year-old was let go, especially if you consider his wages as well.

That won’t comfort Monk, however, who really needs some cover in the middle of the park before the August 31 deadline. Our options are limited, with loan and out-of-contract players our only possibilities.

Still, there are some great young players at Premier League clubs who could well be available on loan. The £10k a week wage limit may stop us from getting the best recruits, but I do trust the manager and his staff to find a hidden gem.

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2 Replies to “Monk Reveals Birmingham Don’t Have Replacement In Mind Despite Losing Midfielder”

  • Getting the impression GM is not too bothered by the current frustrations of FFP.Its just us as supporters that it affects.Monk can move on,we stay static with further FFP punishment to come and relegation. Does this sound sad and pessimistic? Yes. My reasons for this attitude is down to the selling of Ndoye or loan therefore. It isn’t that I greatly rate this player or wish him to stay long term-it is the timing. Today’s game should have taken priority with Monk and if you unload Ndoye then do it tomorrow onwards.We needed him in the squad for the game.Why then release him when we are threadbare.Truth,IMO,is that we are not in good shape financially so player offloading has become paramount.Same as Stockdale,where priority is to save on protracted wages-perhaps appearance monies come into this,who knows.What is crushing to most of us fans is the weekly degenerative situation that we hear about our club. What can lift the spirits is the results.Do the players hurt as much as we fans,maybe they do. To convince us of this is for the experienced players such as Jukey,Adams and Jota to find a few goals and get some wins.Tonight would be good for starters.

    • The transfer window is closed. We can still get 1 loan in. The session as already started so we can not be published with points deducted. Its untrue that we can’t pay fees for player’s as we have already signed 3 player’s on loan and paid a fee for them and we are paying towards their wage. We signed Camp on a full contact every single signing comes with some sort of fee. We are not the only club on some sort of embargo there are 6 others and more that are under pressure from FFP. Some clubs want us punished further not because they think we deserve it but because it gives them an advantage over us. That will not happen this season so don’t worry about it. If or when we do sign a player we can pay a agreed fee regardless of loan or full contract and pay up to 10k wages. It’s not as bad as the media are making out. Not so long back we was caping wages at 5k and only signing freebies.

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