Date: 17th March 2020 at 10:00am
Written by: Mark Day

So, how did you all spend the weekend?

Get some housework done? Wash the car? Just stay in bed and look up at the ceiling in pure bemusement at what to do next?

Yeah, life without football is pretty boring isn’t it, but if there’s one thing that this whole Coronavirus cancelling games that we can look at with some level of positivity, even if it’s a minor one, is that it gives players a chance to either recharge their batteries earlier than usual ready for the big push at the end of the year.

Or, it gives players who are injured the chance that little extra time to recover, and the Blues find themselves in just that situation with Jeremie Bela. According to Birmingham Live, the Blues are hoping to have the Frenchman back in action for the Fulham game on 4th April, which just so happens to be the next game scheduled, assuming no more changes take place and things get delayed further.

Which means that the Blues essentially aren’t ‘losing games’ whilst he’s set to sit at home recovering from his injury, and this can act as a real boost for them because although the Blues aren’t in any major danger of being relegated this term, this is a great chance for them to start planning ahead for next season.

Was this stoppage a blessing in disguise for someone like Bela?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Bela has been an incredibly important player for the Blues since he joined in November, playing in all bar one of the games up until now, contributing four goals and five assists in that time frame, arguably none more important than the late equaliser to spare our blushes against Coventry City in the F.A Cup.

And if this is the sort of stuff he can produce whilst still adjusting to a new league, then just think of what he’s going to be able to bring to the table next season when he’s really had the chance to settle into things, and with hopefully a little bit of a layoff to boot, then you can make the argument that he can be the most important player on the team in 2020/21.

 
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