Date: 29th August 2017 at 1:25pm
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We have little over two days before the summer transfer window slams shut and things are beginning to hot up.

Blues signed Jeremie Boga on loan from Chelsea yesterday and we’ve already heard two bits of news today.

Brentford defender Harlee Dean is reportedly on his way to complete a medical at Blues after the club’s agreed a £2m fee, while a fresh bid of £3.5m has been placed for Aden Flint.

What’s interesting about this is that it indicates that Blues still have their eyes on bringing Flint to the club, even though the latest bid is likely to fall short again (update- bid rejected).

If Harry Redknapp signs both Dean and Flint in the coming hours/days, then Blues will have plenty to chose from in the centre of defence.

Let’s assume that Ryan Shotton leaves for Middlesbrough and Paul Robinson is only used as a last resort, the centre back options would include – Michael Morrison, Marc Roberts, Dean and Flint (and Jonathan Grounds at a push).

That’s an extremely healthy amount of options to have, but all can’t play at the same time.

We know that Redknapp would like to move forward with three at the back, but that still means that one of these defenders would have to settle for a place on the bench.

In my eyes, these are all players that should be playing week in week out in the Championship and not one of them would settle for being second choice.

But, what fantastic options Blues would have if both Dean and Flint joined. All four of those players are leaders as well – Morrison is our current captain, Roberts captained Barnsley, Dean was the skipper at Brentford and I’m sure that Flint has worn the armband previously.

The Championship is a slog and Newcastle showed last season that you can have four top centre backs and rotate throughout the campaign.

We’ve already been ridiculously unlucky with injuries this season so it’s important to have a number of bodies available in each position.

Redknapp looks to be doing just that and, come 11pm on Thursday, the Blues boss will be hoping to have the team he wants in place that can propel Blues up a level.

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5 Replies to “Opinion: The more options, the better for Redknapp”

  • The Boga signing is interesting however my worries grow every time we sign an additional loan player,especially youngsters as we have so many now on loan.In their favour they will want to impress to advance their careers however sometimes they can and often don’t wear the shirt with pride,will they be willing to run through a brick wall in the cause of BCFC ?
    So many promises,so much big talk had us all riding on the crest of a wave over the Summer brimming with belief and hope.Not much money has been spent on permanent signings,all these loan players will be gone in May and how much real team building has been achieved,very very little,so much for building for the future !
    What ever manager eventually takes over will be left with a HUGE rebuilding task.I am seriously worried not only for this season but also for our long term prospects.We have completed our so called easy start and find ourselves already struggling,granted injuries have hampered our chances so far,something is very wrong at St Andrews and Ohio’s warnings are coming true.
    I am sure Redknapp will deliver some results however when he leaves the team will not be much improved overall without investment in players we can call our own.

  • In my haste I did not comment on this article.Dean looks set to sign however is he really an improvement on the outgoing Shotton? I seriously doubt it and the price tags reflect my opinion,why all the urgency all summer to replace a decent player? Again something is wrong here,Flint’s saga has gone on and on,why Redknapp is so obsessed with him I don’t know and so much time has been wasted on him already,he’s NOT coming to us.I would have welcomed his arrival,a decent goal scoring defender but if they want £10 million and all we can summon up is £3.5 million why bother with these bids that we all know will be rejected.
    Terrible start to the season,extremely tough matches coming up,our amazing supporters carry this club,not the manager,not the owners and not the players,all will be gone within three years however we will still be here living as always with hope. KRO

  • Le Hane is correct. Loans return and we start again under a new manager.Problem was we started off last May with great hope with HR wanting to give it a go. Substantial shifts in ownership and policy literally ended our dream.All Harry can do is tread water and hope to hell we don’t remain a bottom 5club all season.All loan signings with the exception of possible Gallagher are very,very ordinary.Signings of Ndoye,Vassell and now Dean again smacks of average with,let’s face it no real chance of a top six push.Sadly,compared to Rowetts team,we have measurably gone backwards.

  • Wow guys you sound very depressed! Let’s keep it real. We buy what we can afford, and the pool of players willing to come to us is not huge. Very few of any team that we will build this year, whether they be loans or permanent signings, will be good enough for the premier league, should we be extremely fortunate to get there. If we do get there, finances and budget increase and better players are sought. That’s how I understand it, and so expect another rebuild anyway. Relax ffs, we have to work to a budget!

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