Date: 6th June 2018 at 5:00pm
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Although it’s hard to read too much into press speculation, the two pieces of transfer business that seem the likeliest at the moment are Union Berlin’s left Kristian Pedersen and Middlesbrough’s Marvin Johnson.

Neither of these are household names, but with limited resources, Garry Monk seems to be going after players who have gone under the radar somewhat, but he knows can make a difference.

There is likely to be a sizeable overhaul of the squad this summer, and with senior players like David Stockdale, Tomasz Kuzszcak, Jonathan Grounds and Craig Gardner all reportedly told they can leave, it seems the manager is looking to re-make the team in his own image.

The pursuit of Johnson is a particularly interesting one. He is a player Monk knows well after signing him for Middlesbrough. The 27-year-old started off well at Boro with a goal on his debut in September, followed by two assists in a 3-2 victory against QPR a week later.

That was as good as it got for the winger though and when Tony Pulis took over as manager, he barely got a look in. It may be best to look at his record at Oxford the previous season as a better indicator of what he can do. Seven goals and 11 assists in 55 games is not a bad record.

He’s certainly not proven in the Championship, but there is obviously something there that the Blues boss has seen to want to sign him for a second time in two seasons. We are definitely short of options in wide areas, and we need players who can create and chip in with a few themselves after a poor season in front of goal last time out.

The pursuit of Johnson is essentially a compromise between getting a player for an affordable price whilst strengthening a position in the squad that needs bolstering. The same goes for Pedersen. If Grounds heads out the door for a modest fee, his replacement has to be someone who can be dependable and an upgrade on Grounds, but not cost huge amounts.

The Dane’s €2.5m release clause was a great opportunity that the Monk couldn’t pass up. At 23 years of age, he is seven years younger than our no.3 and could have the potential to be even better, even if again he isn’t proven in the second tier of English football.

There’s a long way to go before the start of the season, and we can expect a few surprise incomings and outgoing transfers, but from the looks of things, Monk is getting the balance right between improving the squad and working within a tight budget.

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3 Replies to “Monk Seeking Hidden Gems In Attempts To Strengthen Birmingham’s Squad”

  • Completely agree it’s not about household names it’s having a side that all know there jobs balance players in right positions interesting there both left footed too monks clearly saw that we didn’t have that balance last season

  • I trust monk will do us good, hope he gets rid of the dead wood too. and as long as he keeps the tax man happy, then we can carry on laughing at the slums of the city aha! KRO

  • It appears we’ve realised that just throwing money at it doesn’t work, what little money it was, compared to some.
    Even if we wanted to, we can’t, FFP won’t allow it.
    As last season’s exploits in the transfer market proves, you can’t just throw 11 players together and just hope they gel.
    Even though Redknapp thought he could, by bringing in 13 players, he said a few times that he thought it “shouldn’t be that difficult to get a team together to get into the play offs”, and to our cost, we’ve found out just how wrong he was.
    It’s now down to Garry Monks to sort it all out.
    Typical of Blues, we’ve now got a manager who appears to have a plan, a methodical researcher of players, to play the football he feels will work, and before he’s able to fully implement his own philosophy, he’s got to clear out the mess that’s been made, from seasons and seasons of poverty and mismanagement, not just last season’s frenzied approach.
    He’s certainly got a tough job on his hands, handicap by what’s gone on before him.
    Yes, he’ll do it, of course he will. I’ve got no doubt of that.
    He’s starting to clear the decks ready to bring in his type of players, to try their hand at propelling us up the league.
    Of course there’s uncut diamonds out there to turn into gems.
    Jamie Vardys proved that, he’s one of the most famous to come through the divisions and even be part of a Premier League title winning team, oh, and a regular England international.
    Whether we can spend millions or not, I’d be more than happy if G M gets every player he wants for next to nothing, as long as they do the job.
    Pedersen, Johnson, Morris, Beilik, Greenidge, I don’t care how obscure they are, anyone of em could be a success for us, as long as they’re wearing our Blue shirt, that’ll do for me.

    K R O

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