Date: 29th November 2017 at 4:35pm
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Rob Wildey discusses three players he thinks could exit St. Andrews in the near future.

David Cotterill

The Welsh winger has played his way back into first team contention on a few occasions, firstly under Harry Redknapp then current manager Steve Cotterill. But the 29 year-old has struggled to hold down a place and long gone are the days he was indispensable.

Cotterill may not be a spring chicken but he still has plenty left in the tank and would make a decent acquisition for a club in need of a wide player with the ability to cross a decent ball.

However, with Jeremie Boga`s long overdue rise to stardom at Blues, Cotterill finds himself slipping further down the pecking order.

Emilio Nsue

Nsue was drafted in by former boss Gianfranco Zola last January and has already chalked up 34 appearances for Blues. Yet he seemed to be out of the manager`s thinking until Maxime Colin`s recent injury.

With Josh Dacres-Cogley still developing at the club and loanee Carl Jenkinson stepping up his rehabilitation after a long-term injury, Nsue could find himself surplus to requirements either in January or next summer.

Although he has a decent attacking brain, the 28 year-old often struggles defensively. His one saving grace could be the switch in shape to adopt wing backs – his preferred position. But when Colin returns from his lay-off, Nsue will be playing second fiddle.

Jason Lowe

The former Blackburn midfielder was a free transfer, signed by Harry Redknapp in the summer transfer window. After making two appearances for Blues his third was ended prematurely through injury during the 3-1 defeat to Preston at St. Andrews – Redknapp`s last game in charge.

Since then, Lowe has been recovering from his injury but there is a feeling around Wast Hills that Cotterill doesn`t fancy the 26 year-old who, even if fit, has five central midfielders ahead of him in the pecking order.


5 Replies to “Opinion: Three players who could exit St. Andrews”

  • In view of the long contracts issued by Redknapp,I would imagine SC will have a list that has to be built around.4 and 5 year deals are unusual and costly gambles-especially for a championship club. Therefore Stockdale,Dean,Roberts,Jota,Colin,Adams and Vassell,not forgetting the Nsue three years contract,will be the basis of building around.No doubt the dead wood out on loan will not figure,so reality is that SC has a decent squad to add to.Question is whether he is savvy enough to buy well and whether the better players out there want to play for him.We will obviously never know what HR may have achieved but there would never be a doubt raised as to whether he could persuade future players to join him.Cotterill has the chance in January to show what he is really about-bitlike the Rowett situation-only difference being that GR was denied the chance.

  • Cotterill will struggle to sign players. He doesn’t possess the same pulling power of Harry Redknapp and generally speaking players do not want to sign for a struggling side. The best we can hope for is loans and signings from lower league. I hope we buy before we sell as we will struggle to get replacements. If possible recall Keita from his loan spell at Bologna.

  • Ijaz.Why Keita? Is he not a liability that someone else has to cover.Same of course could be said about Nsue.

  • If we are going to play wingbacks then we need to play 3 CBs. We are extremely lopsided with one LB at club and Bramall who if rumours are correct was involved in the training incident that caused Stockdale to break his wrist. So unlikely to ever play for us again. You get an injury to a CB then Grounds can cover and Keita plays LWB. Grounds is a LB and not a LWB. Keita is a LWB. With a good defence behind him he can go on his marauding runs. He is not picking up any experience from his loan as he is not playing. Instead of wasting money on another defender use that to get a decent striker and midfielder in.

  • Yes Ijaz I see your logic. My concerns remain of the next two important we don’t get too cut off from the teams above us.

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