Short-term risk for a long-term gain.
That’s my over abiding thought when it comes to this transfer, in that I can see why they did it, but at the same time, it has all the potential to backfire on us later in the season, but hopefully it doesn’t come to that.
The club revealed on Thursday that Geraldo Bajrami has been sent on loan to Solihull Moors for the rest of the season, subject to F.A approval of course. As I said, I can see why they would do this. If he isn’t getting regular minutes at St Andrew’s and the club think that he could do a job for them, then let him go.
However, there had better be a recall clause in that deal somewhere, because I’m not entirely comfortable with the Blues now being left with just four senior centre-backs to take us between now and the end of the season.
And given that the back four hasn’t always been relied upon to stay 100% available, whether it be through an injury like Jake Clarke-Salter, or captain Harlee Dean who has been suspended twice already this season through either red or yellow cards, we’re taking an awful risk in letting someone out the door.
Pep Clotet spoke a few weeks ago about the youth that are coming through at the club, and how important he sees the future of the club when it comes to young players, and if he believes that this is the best way for them to develop, then all power to him.
However, let’s just hope that this doesn’t end up backfiring on us, because whilst it’s important to look after the future of the club, it shouldn’t always come at the expense of the here and now.
Were we right to send Bajrami out on loan?
What about you? Do you think that the club were right to let him move on? Or do you think that he should have been kept back for emergency purposes and kept playing for the U23 side instead?