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Opinion: Blues need to think smart if they are to steal young prospect away from bigger teams

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Well, I suppose it’s nice to see ourselves mentioned in the same breath as these clubs.

Although I’d be surprised if we can outbid them if it comes to an arms race for his services, which is why we have to offer something different.

According to a report from All Nigeria Soccer, Birmingham City are one of a number of clubs interested in bringing in young Nigerian talent Paul Ibahadon, with Nottingham Forest, West Brom and Chelsea also in contention. He was reportedly set to sign for Aston Villa earlier this year, although the move fell through due to paperwork issues.

I’ll admit that I don’t know an awful lot about him, other than the fact Birmingham Live seem to believe that he is ‘tipped for big things’, so I won’t speculate on whether or not he’d be a good or a bad signing for us.

However, whilst we might not be able to offer him the wages that some of the other clubs in contention can, one thing that we can hopefully provide him is an opportunity.

Will any young players see first-team action next season?

Yes

Yes

No

No

With Jude Bellingham showing what is possible at the club, and going from debut to £25m talent in the space of a year, if we show young players what it possible at this club by continuing to promote young players, then that might entice more of them to sign with us rather than the bigger clubs who will just keep shipping them out on loan as Chelsea have done in the past.

What about you? Do you think we have a chance of bringing him in to St Andrew’s?

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