So we’ve gone through the phase of buying Spanish players that haven’t necessarily been household names.
I’m talking about the likes of Fran Villalba, Alvaro Gimenez, Ivan Guzman etc. Now though it looks like we’re getting an upgrade on that front, and my word what a way to do it. Reports over the weekend have claimed that Birmingham City are closing in* on the signing of 31-year-old defensive midfielder/centre-back Mikel San Jose on a free transfer following his release from Athletic Bilbao.
A regular for the Spanish outfit over the years, he simply fell out of favour this past season as his appearances dwindled before being allowed to leave the club in the summer. Not only does this come across as a bit of a smart move from the club, adding solidity to an already impressive side defensively, but it also acts as a bit of a statement too.
Blues will sign ____ more players this window?
To bring someone in with that level of prestige, who was able to hold down a place with a La Liga side for roughly a decade shows the level of ability that he has, with statistics that really back it up, if he can bring those levels of performance to the club, then we might just be onto stealing someone who could arguably become one of the best players in the division.
I’ve mentioned before about how good Aitor Karanka is when it comes to the defensive side of the ball, and it looks as if he’s going to be making that side all the more stronger as we go forward. Just needs to find some more goal scorers and we’ll be all set.
What about you? What do you make of this potential signing?
*Indeed, he might already have signed depending on what time you are reading this given how close we supposedly are.