Date: 16th August 2019 at 8:00am
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Just because the window is closed, doesn’t mean things stop moving.

It’s not just outgoings, it’s incomings too. At least that’s the case at St Andrew’s as the Blues yesterday announced the signing of Miguel Fernandez on a six-month contract. According to

“The Spanish midfielder or forward has been drafted in to develop with the Club’s Under-23s. Fernandez, 19, came through the ranks at UE Cornella in Spain and spent a trial period with Blues last season.”

Ordinarily I’d think this was good news, I’ve said before that the club could do with a little bit more firepower in the forward department, even if it is for the U23s, at least there you’ve got the potential that he’ll bring something to the table in a few years time. However, this one falls into a rather different category.

Blues fans weren’t exactly thrilled about this news, and if I’m being honest, neither am I. I’m not going to get too excited over someone who we’re not going to see a lot of if he’s stuck playing with the young sides.

Although there is one bit about the deal I am slightly curious about, and is yet another reason why I’m not exactly jumping up and down like a lunatic over the news. The Spaniard has only signed on a six-month contract, which to me is just incredibly bizarre.

A one-year contract I could understand; it’d essentially be a year-long trial to see if things work out then offer him a new contract. A two-year contract might make more sense, you can send him out on loan for a season, then give him a few months in the first team and if things work out you take things from there. There’s something weird about giving him a contract for six months though. You may as well have just kept him on trial for that long.

What do you make of it all? Why do you think the deal is so short? Your guess is as good as mine.

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10 Replies to “This latest move by Birmingham just doesn’t make any sense to me – Opinion”

  • Maybe if you read the Blues website you would understand,
    “Last season Blues similarly brought in Michael Luyambula, Cameron McGilp and Francis Amartey on short-term deals in order to blood them in the Under-23s and assess.”

  • I agree with Richard , this blog is constantly running the club down with pretty trivial pathetic arguments , I can’t be the only one totally uninterested in anything they write .

  • Think about it would anyone move to a different country for 6 months trial and not get paid. A 6 months contract with pay would be needed. He can’t bring a sleeping bag and your sleep at the club lol you ate trying to invent problems where isn’t one.

  • Whilst learning about football I suggest taking a basic business course. Why give someone a 12 month contract and commit to a wage if your’e not sure they will be up to standard? I don’t know of any company who simply give away contracts, and in the majority of cases there is a probation period where the employer has the power to hire or fire.

  • Surely there is a limit to how many players we need via the Under 23s ????? because the majority do not become First Team Players anyway. 12 months ago, Lakin,Harding and Trueman were the next big things to happen but 12 months on Lakin has not exactly set the world on fire, Harding is just as far away from being a First Team regular as ever and Trueman is still at this moment in time still in the Under 23s and thats not to mention Solomon Otobar, Dagres Cogley etc.. If you compare ages for instance Villalba is 21 and what I saw of him on Saturday he his miles ahead of our Under 23s in pure talent so that proves to me that you should be in the First Team at that age of the above mentioned players

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