Making the same mistake twice.
That’s probably the best way that I could sum up what this move would be for Birmingham City if we were to pull it off.
According to a report from Goal, Blues are one of a number of clubs that are interested in signing central defender Jake Clarke-Salter this summer, once again on a loan spell. The defender played 23 times for Blues last season, as he struggled to break the stronghold on the team that the likes of Harlee Dean and Marc Roberts had.
And that’s the main problem with this for me, if this were a case where he was the first centre-back we brought in this window (so we hadn’t brought in George Friend), and we were doing so whilst shipping out someone like Geraldo Bajrami on loan, then I’d be in favour of it, because he’d be higher up the pecking order.
But at the moment I don’t see what the benefit would be to him coming back to us, for both the club and the player. Unless he’s suddenly worked out how to play up front since returning to Stamford Bridge, we’re pretty full in the centre-back department.
Should we bring Clarke-Salter back for another year?
Whilst we might need him as a backup once again, will that really be enough to convince Chelsea to loan him back out to us? Don’t you think they’d prefer it if he played every week?
Don’t get me wrong, I like Clarke-Salter and some of his performances last year, like the one against West Bromwich Albion proved that he is more than capable in this division, but I just think it would be the wrong move for us to make at this time.
Whilst he did perform better than Dean and Roberts in some categories last season, there’s just not enough to convince me that he’d be able to command a place ahead of them on a full-time basis.