A chance to start fresh, and for Blues boss Pep Clotet to put his foot down and really establish the fact that this is ‘his team’, rather than the one that he inherited from Garry Monk last summer. And this latest reported move, whilst not a major decision in the grand scheme of things, does indicate the idea that things will be different next season.
According reports from Birmingham Live, Blues’ Swedish international Kerim Mrabti will be surplus to requirements in the eyes of the Spaniard next season, and whilst the club does have an option for another year on his contract, they will not be taking it up.
Mrabti hasn’t had a great track record when it comes to his time in B9, with only three goals in 29 appearances, and whilst some of that can be attributed to the fact that he’s been in and out of the squad and unable to hold down a regular spot in the starting line-up, you would still expect a much better return than that.
And that’s why I think it’s a good idea for him to be moved off, he just wasn’t producing at a level that would make you think that he is worth keeping around for another year.
Do you agree with this reported decision about Mrabti?
Admittedly I’d rather that the club took up the option of the extra year so that that way we could at least try and get some money back for him, but it doesn’t always work out like that.
But back to the notion of pressing the reset button, we’ve already seen with the way he’s cutting the deadwood at the club, disposing of a few remnants that were left over from the Monk era, rather than keeping them on, that he is ready to properly attack the transfer market and get the players that he wants so that he can mould them into his team.
So by getting rids of a large portion of the past, he’s making plans for both him and the club to step into the future.
What about you? What do you make of the move to get rid of Mrabti?