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Opinion: Late deal might have denied Birmingham City trialist his best chance to shine

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A smart move, sure. I just think it’s come a little bit too late for us to really get a true taste of what he can bring.

That’s’ the situation that’s surrounding our latest signing of the summer. A report from Birmingham Live states that Blues have brought in goalkeeper Liam Driscoll on trial as the free agent looks to find a new home following his release from Reading at the end of the last campaign.

The report claims that he will mostly find himself working with the club’s U23 side rather than the senior side.

I find myself getting a little bit of déjà vu talking about this matter. This to me strikes an eerily similar tone to what happened last summer regarding the signing of Moha Ramos, another goalkeeper who looks set to spend his time with the U23 and won’t be given his fair chance to see what he can do at senior level.

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It’s been clear for some time that the Blues needed to address the goalkeeper position, and it took them far too long to get things well and truly figured out, which is why Zach Jeacock had to be given game time in the pre-season friendlies. Not necessarily because he’s seen as the next great thing, purely because there weren’t any other options available.

And you can extrapolate that out to someone like Driscoll as well. If we’d have just been quicker in bringing him on board, then he could have been worked into the goalkeeper rotation in pre-season and we could have got a better look at him against senior sides.

I’m not saying he would have automatically got the starting role, but at least he’d have been given the chance. Right now, we’re looking at a case of ‘what if’ when it comes to his chances at St Andrew’s.

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  • Brian Taylor says:

    Not happy about signing ex Mbro players just because he knows them and they were good 4 years ago. Stop gap at best!!

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