Date: 30th May 2017 at 11:39am
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With so much talk about potential incoming transfers at Birmingham City over the summer, it’s easy to forget that one or two may exit the St. Andrew`s door.

One man whose future is yet to be decided is Andy Shinnie. He spent the season on loan at Scottish Championship side Hibernian after falling down the pecking order at Blues under Gary Rowett.

The 27-year-old made 30 appearances and scored three goals during his loan as he helped Hibs secure the league title and a return to the Scottish Premiership.

He still has one year left on his deal at Blues but I suspect that his time may well be limited with another loan move seeming likely or indeed a permanent exit.

Shinnie has struggled to adapt to English football which is why a couple of loan moves away from the club have taken place and I think he’s very much a player suited to playing in his home country.

His technically ability is there for all to see but he just doesn’t seem to be up to the physical demands of the Championship and, as a result, opportunities have been limited.

When Jon Toral came in on loan in 2015/16, you could see straight away that he had both the natural ability and the physicality to cope with the demands.

He was excellent in the air, sublime on the floor and had the presence to hold players off which is something that we didn’t see with Shinnie.

When you’re playing that number 10 role, it’s not just the technical ability that’s required. That extra yard of pace and added bit of strength really puts you ahead of the rest but, unfortunately, that aspect of the game is Shinnie`s downfall.

Who knows, maybe Harry Redknapp will take a look at him over pre-season and perhaps give him the chance to show that he can still make the cut in English football.

But, looking in from the outside, he’s a player that I believe doesn’t have too long left in his Blues career and I won’t be surprised to see him move permanently back up to Scotland.

 
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3 Replies to “The Blues loanee likely to depart St. Andrew’s”

  • Toral would have been signed in January if GR had stayed. He was a cut above Shinnie and spot on with the observations Luke. Good technical ability but not physically up to the Championship

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