Date: 29th June 2016 at 10:49pm
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There is no doubt that alongside our striking options, our full back positions are probably our weakest spots in terms of competition, and with current left back Jonathan Grounds coming under some criticism last season, I thought it would be a good idea to check out some left backs that could offer him some competition next season.

Recently, Blues boss Gary Rowett decided against offering Mitch Hancox a new deal and with no new left back emerging from our youth system, it is likely that this will be one of the positions that the Blues manager will be looking to strengthen during the summer transfer window.

Although Blues could potentially push Paul Caddis across to left back and have Jonathan Spector filling in at right back, the club need somebody who is a ready made left footed full back and the three players that I think could rival Grounds to a weekly starting spot are listed as follows…

1. SEBASTIEN POCOGNOLI – WEST BROMWICH ALBION.

When I looked at three defenders that Blues should sign earlier in the season, I highlighted Pocognoli as one that could really thrive at the club because his career with the Baggies has all but come to an end.

The defender, 28, signed for West Brom in July 2014, but last season under Tony Pulis, he only made five appearances, with just one of those coming in the Premier League. If that doesn’t tell you that he is surplus requirements, then I don’t know what else will.

According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Pocognoli is worth around £750,000 which in my eyes isn’t too much for somebody who has the potential to be an absolutely fantastic player. I believe that if we were to offer anything between £200,000 and £400,000 for his services then the Premier League side would be willing to let him join Blues.

It is believed that Pulis is willing to listen to offers for the full back and as he is settled in the Midlands, it would make sense for Blues to make a move for him because there would be no issues of him relocating.

2. RICO HENRY – WALSALL.

The 18-year-old defender has been tipped for big things by many news outlets, including ourselves, and I think he will go on to make a big name for himself, but, he does require a significant amount of guidance and development, and I think we could be the club to offer him the chance to do that.

I am not saying that staying at Walsall wouldn’t allow him to progress as a player but surely a bit of healthy competition wouldn’t harm him and neither would playing at a higher level, so Gary, get your cheque book out for this young man!

Last season, Henry made 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring three times, and for a young man to play that amount of games, surely it tells you that he is ready to move on to bigger and better things.

Once again, according to transfermarkt.co.uk, Henry has a current market value of £350,000, but I find that hard to believe, so from my own personal estimation, I think a bid of around £1 million may persuade the Saddlers to part company with one of their top assets.

3. BEN CHILWELL – LEICESTER CITY.

At the age of 19, Chilwell would be perfect for Blues as a loan player because I think he could develop quite a bit under the guidance of Rowett and I think Foxes’ boss Claudio Ranieri would allow the youngster to leave on loan for the season with bigger and better players ahead of him at the club.

Last season, Chilwell made eight appearances whilst on loan at Huddersfield Town, including keeping a clean sheet at St.Andrews when the Terriers won 2-0 back in December 2015. Having some experience of what it takes to make it in this league is a great asset to have and I think that could sway Rowett to make a move for the young full back.

The Leicester academy product is good friends with former Birmingham City player Demarai Gray and if there was a move in the pipeline, we are sure that Gray would push Chilwell our way and tell him how good a club we are for developing young talent.

Out of the three left backs that have been suggested, I have always liked the thought of Pocognoli coming to Blues, but after much deliberation, I think Chilwell would be the perfect player to offer the right amount of competition to Grounds.

Blues fans, out of the three left backs that have been suggested, which one do you think Gary Rowett should try and sign this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!

 
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