It looks as if the youth movement at the Blues is really starting to be kicked up a notch.
There was the news from last week that the club had made professional contract offers to a number of our academy players, well now we move a little further up the line of production. The club announced on Tuesday that they will be taking up the additional one-year options on Ryan Stirk and Jayden Reid.
This now means that rather than leaving the club in the summer, the club has been given a little more flexibility when it comes to their respective futures as there are more options available to them now than just letting them walk away.
What will be interesting to see though, it just what they plan to do with them going forward.
Should the club be using more youngsters in the final weeks of the season?
If you read the announcement on the club website, you can tell that those at the club are quite high on them, mentioning how close they have come to the first-team, and given how fondly Blues boss Pep Clotet has spoken about the academy products, as well as his use of young players throughout the season, it’s not too farfetched to think that they might be afforded the opportunity to prove themselves at senior level next year.
That need might increase all the more if we were to lose key players in certain positions, like if Scott Hogan doesn’t come back for instance, that could open up a spot for Reid in the pecking order. And perhaps the potential departure of Jude Bellingham could allow Stirk some more playing time.
Personally though, I think they’ll go out on loan, possibly to a League Two side and then the decision will be taken from there, similar to the move made with Odin Bailey.
But don’t rule out the possibility of them becoming regulars at St Andrew’s in the not too distant future, because it would necessarily be against the norm completely.