In this latest edition of ranking Birmingham City’s Top 5, I’ve decided to go through the biggest ‘turning point’ moments that the Blues have gone through this past season, and boy there have been a lot of them.
5, Birmingham 0 – 1 Fulham & Lee Camp’s final chance: What turned out to be the final game for Blues keeper Lee Camp for some time as he was dropped the next game after the international break after his error played a major part in the winner. And whilst he did manage to get his place back later in the season, it did show that there needed to be a discussion at the goalkeeper position going forward.
4, Jeremie Bela signs: Someone who came in and gave the team an incredible boost when we needed it most and has been an incredibly vital part of the side ever since. Indeed the Blues have only lost one game when he contributes either a goal or an assist.
3, Scott Hogan signs: Someone who I have often referred to as ‘the missing piece in the puzzle’, has been nothing short of sensational since he moved here. Seven goals in nine games and hopefully the start of a long and fruitful relationship upfront with Lukas Jutkiewicz.
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2, Birmingham 2 – 1 Middlesbrough & Pep Clotet’s big moment: Whilst this might not seem like a majorly important game on the face of it, it was the first time that the mainstream media started to talk about the idea of him becoming the first team manager on a permanent basis after the game, something that would come to fruition later in the year, so in a sense you could make the argument that it was the first time that he ‘proved’ that he could take on the job.
1, Birmingham 2 – 1 Stoke City & the start of the Jude Bellingham era: Having been used sparingly up to this point, with a start in the League Cup and a substitute appearance beforehand, this was the point of no return for Jude Bellingham as he came on after 30 minutes, scored the winning goal and ever since then has become a perennial part of the side and has become a player worth as much as £30m in some teams eyes.