It’s time for Pep Clotet to take some responsibility for what is happening at the club.
Writing for Birmingham Live, Brian Dick spoke about what he felt were the ‘best and worst scenario’ when it comes to the January transfer window, and it’s the ‘worst’ scenario that I want to look at. In there he said that the worst-case scenario would be:
“Blues sign no-one, Jutkiewicz has to carry the burden for the whole 46 game season and for all its obvious potential the team just can’t score the times to mount a sustained challenge. In this scenario it will be imperative Bela, Mrabti and Alvaro Gimenez step up to the goal-scoring plate from attacking positions – and Crowley and Villalba contribute more from midfield.”
Now I don’t want to sound like I’m speaking the obvious here, but shouldn’t this be the case anyway? Whilst Lukas Jutkiewicz clearly needs some sort of help going forward, if the rest of the squad could simply start doing their job, wouldn’t it make the need and desire to try and spend in the January window a little less prominent and mean the club could focus on other areas.
Birmingham’s second-highest goalscorer this season is left-back Kristian Pedersen with three, so you don’t need me to tell you that clearly the forwards, attacking midfielders and wingers aren’t doing their jobs when it comes to either setting up or finishing off goals.
Whilst I’ve defended Clotet at various points during this season, it’s at a time like this where I feel it’s necessary to point out that some of it does come down to him. At some point in the season, you have to look at what the head coach and his backroom staff are doing when it comes to developing players and getting the best out of them.
He simply can’t expect to have the board essentially bail him out on a regular basis by bringing in players, especially when we have the shadow of FFP looming over the club. There has to come a point where, be it a change in philosophy and playing style, or a change in training methods, he gets more out of his players, rather than trying different personnel to fix everything.
What area do Blues need the most investment this January?
After all, his title does say ‘coach’, so it’s time he starts to put that title to good use.