Whilst not unexpected with the slender defeat at Leeds United yesterday, the pressure is now on for Birmingham City to gain a favourable result against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.
Four defeats in the last five games doesn’t look good, but the signs are there for a team going forward on the front foot. We do look more energetic going on the attack, as clearly shown against Middlesbrough, and this does bring hope for the majority of the season.
However, we do struggle with the centre forwards with Jutkiewicz and Gimenez not really potent. No blame I will quickly point out, as Jutkiewicz works unbelievably hard and Gimenez does his best. But the truth is we simply do not have quality strikers. Laboured and predictable, we have to accept.
Pep Clotet has to use what he has and shuffling the attacking pack is not easy. Who is there that can take the chances and sniff out the goals? Perhaps the addition of McEachran might spark something and provide an end product that we urgently need, with Bellingham and Crowley linking in.
My feeling is that Blackburn and Luton will be true tests of Clotet’s measure. He needs to work out a formula for not getting beaten over these two games but also to keep the attack on the go like the Middlesbrough game. We need to get to the twenty point mark over the next three games.
Sunjic suspension doesn’t help and who to bring in is the big question. Lots of permutations available to our Head Coach and McEachran appears a favourite choice for supporters I have spoken to, and there is a case for David Davis as well. Gary Gardner is another option but injury may rule him out after limping off against Leeds.
Whatever is decided will get supported this coming week at St. Andrews as always. What we really look for is that bit of sharpness in front of goal that is missing. Have we got it in our ranks is the key issue. Crowley for me with Maghoma and Jutkiewicz is my preferred option. Not ideal, but as we inch forward to the next window then that will have to do.