Date: 16th January 2017 at 7:23pm
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With a career spanning fifteen years and 491 appearances, Wayne Routledge carries experience in abundance. The 32-year-old has represented nine clubs yet has never played below the second tier.

After hearing today of Birmingham City’s flirtatious attempt to lure him away from South Wales, I began scrutinising his career to date.

Although the £3 million figure being bandied about seems a little steep for a player approaching his twilight years (the most extravagant transfer fee previously paid for Routledge was £2.76m), let’s consider the bigger picture. Routledge would be a coup, albeit not one for the longer term. Blues’ squad has obvious shortcomings in wide areas, a void that Routledge can fill. The word ‘quality’ is used too often in football but Routledge is, essentially, a quality left winger.

With his current club, Swansea City, struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League, Routledge will aim to prove himself to their manager, Paul Clement, who picked him in the starting line-up for Saturday’s trouncing at home to Arsenal. While Blues’ enquiry is very ambitious, striking a deal isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.

The aforementioned Clement has transfer intentions of his own as he looks to steer the Swans to safety. Routledge is under contract at the Liberty Stadium until June 2018 meaning the club’s hierarchy may be tempted to take the money and use it towards their own January dealings, rather than lose him for free next summer.

Routledge is certainly superior to the players Gianfranco Zola presently has at his disposal. Time will tell whether Zola can engineer such a bold transfer. Nonetheless, merely being linked with players of this ilk is intriguing and a colossal transformation when compared to previous transfer windows.

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9 Replies to “Wayne Routledge can be Birmingham City’s wide boy”

  • I thought he played on the right, although it doesn’t matter when you have his ability and experience. If true then It is ambitious of the club, and I agree 3m is probably not likely to be the fee as he is 32 and just past his prime, but he would certainly give as an edge going forward. Not so good when it comes to defending though so a bit of a luxury player.

  • I really hope Routs stays in Swansea. Throughout the upheaval of this season and last he together with Britton, Rangel, Fer & Siggurdson have been the players who have kept us up and, this season, given us some hope.

  • I think Russell would be better value ,, age wise and also Russell can head a ball which will be needed if we play 4x3x3 at times …I have to admit I am liking the players Zola is interested in battle hardened players ..Russell is just peaking in his career ..Routledge is a very good player and would do a good job on the wing but is he a gamble of all or nothing for promotion …We need to stay up though when we get there ..It’s an hard call by Franco …

  • As regards Routs. No thanks. Swansea need all the help they can get so to offload him says it all. Persevere with VSO for goodness sake.

  • Russell NO thanks. He is no better than we already have mags just as good as him Adams better than him Viv can be better than him cotts match better than him . Routledge YES but not a 3mil. of curse villa fans already saying he was a flop there well we even Messi would flop at Villa. If Zola gets this dune then 1.5mil is the right price for a 32 year old on a 1 year contract. I would like us to go for a younger hungrier player like Sinan Kurt 20 years old plays for Hertha BSC 3mil WOULD GET HIM. But that’s just me KRO

  • Off subject
    OK Well it looks like the playoffs are way off for us this season I say that but look at the table this time last season and Brentford fans would have said the same as they was 12th with 35 points after 25 games 1 les than we have now and look where they finished 9th 1 above us in 10th on 65 points just 5 off the playoffs we had a good lead on them of 9 points So that shows you anything can happen KRO

  • I don’t see what value Routledge would add to the team really, yes he is different in terms of quality, but work rate wise I’m not convinced. We are too far off the play-offs, with better squads pushing, bringing a 32 year old in at £3mill is a risk, it makes no difference if we finish 7th or 14th. I’d rather finish 14th knowing that a young signing gained some valuable game experience than a player at his last club picking up high wages. Come the start of next season we would be looking at a 33 year old winger? I would rather see us invest in someone that can spend the next 4/5 months learning about his team mates and us moulding a squad for the future so we can kick off next season in a strong position.

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