So, the future sure is coming up fast upon us isn’t it?
We heard more news this week that the future of the club was taking shape as three more young players were offered contracts at the club; Jack Concannon, Mitch Roberts and Kane Thompson-Sommers.
Now with Pep Clotet stating in the past how much he respects and appreciates the young players at the club, I thought I’d use this week’s ranking article to list the top five young players at the club that I think have a shot of making the first-team next season.
5, Josh Andrews: If the reaction of these Birmingham fans is any indication of what he’s going to bring to the team, seeing him as the heir apparent to Lukas Jutkiewicz and Nikola Zigic, then boy we seem to be in for a decent future. A lot of this will be dictated by the Scott Hogan situation, but I can easily see him making an impact in pre-season and then hopefully leading into plenty of minutes in the starting eleven through the 2020/21 season.
How many of these players will be 'regulars' next season?
Less than three
More than three
4, Ryan Stirk: With Jude Bellingham potentially leaving in the summer, that is going to offer up a slot when it comes to central midfield, and with Josh McEachran coming back from his injury, I think particularly in the early games until we have a complete roster to pick from, a player like Stirk could be given golden opportunities to get some minutes, especially in early cup games.
3, Mitchell Roberts: A position we could be very low on numbers in if we don’t bring back Jake Clarke-Salter, so this could be a position of ‘need’ rather than ‘want’, but if he can make an impression in pre-season, he could easily start knocking on the door. Plus, who wouldn’t like the idea of Roberts & Roberts in defence? Purely to potentially confuse any commentators.
2, Jack Concannon: Much for the same reasons as Ryan Stirk, but having raved about him for months this season, I think he is just that little further ahead of Stirk when it comes to his development and what he offers to the team, that’s why he’s higher on the list.
1, Steve Seddon: Currently on loan at Portsmouth, I’ve stated before that I think Seddon could have a big role to play in the future, and if I’m being honest, I think clubs might come in for Kristian Pedersen again this summer, and with Seddon looking like he might be ready to make the step up, I think we might shift Pedersen out, invest the money elsewhere and let Seddon take over the starting role.