Date: 29th June 2018 at 7:00pm
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Fans have been talking about the goalkeeping position a lot in recent days, mainly due to David Stockdale’s outbursts on social media. We have also been linked with a Norwegian keeper in Orjan Nyland, but the Birmingham Mail believe we haven’t yet prioritised one player.

With that being the case, I thought I would suggest a keeper that not many have been talking about recently. Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward.

The Welsh international helped Huddersfield Town to promotion through the playoffs during the 2016/17 season, but he returned to his parent club for the beginning of last campaign.

Unfortunately, a back injury in the first half of the season meant he never really got a look in with the Reds. He made just one senior appearance in the Carabao Cup, in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City back in September.

Since then, he has remained the club’s third choice behind Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet. Although, due to the German’s mistakes in the Champions League final, he could be given a chance to stake his claim for the number one jersey during pre-season, the feeling in the local media on Merseyside, is this is his last chance to impress Jurgen Klopp.

At 25 years of age, he isn’t a young keeper anymore. He is unlikely to want to be third-choice at a Premier League club for much longer. The Mirror (via HITC) reported earlier this month that Norwich and Swansea were interested in Ward, but there has been nothing since then to suggest that the player could be on the move.

Considering his experience of the Championship, I think he could be an excellent candidate either on loan or for a permanent move. He wouldn’t cost an excessive amount, and while there will be rivals for his signature, Garry Monk could offer him guaranteed first team football at a level he is already comfortable at.

What do you think? Would Ward be a good choice as our new no.1? Let me know in the poll:

 

19 Replies to “Welsh International Could Solve Birmingham’s Goalkeeper Problems – Agree?”

  • Fully expect at least one new keeper and a striker in before the club goes to Austria. GM wants the new players bonding together in next weeks trip so fully confident of these two signings after July 1st. Monk knows who he wants and I suspect he will get what he wants.

    • Disagree again. I think Monk knows who he wants, realises he can’t have them, then will struggle to get what he next wants.

  • Guesswork LOL. If a manager states that both of his goalkeepers can go do you think it might just be that he has already got replacements lined up? If he hasn’t then its professional suicide. Don’t think GM is anywhere near that daft.

  • Damian. It is not difficult to work out and guesswork it certainly isn’t. Firstly we have an intelligent manager who would never have stepped into St.Andrews without assurances.From day one he was allowed a full back up team even,IMO,the real possibility of league One football.He saved us and then started the process of rebuilding.What areas has he hinted at during the past months- ‘we need to score more goals’, ‘midfield area not creating chances’. Goalkeeping area has come as a mini shock as I never saw that coming.However he must have lined up replacement(s) before next fridays Austrian trip. Remember July 1st is the new contracts date for new players operated by most clubs.Providing FFP is not a great issue then I believe Dragon Villa will finance new players as I am convinced it was their input as to the arrival of Monk &co. and not TTA who will slowly offload their shareholding to our future owners(DV). That however is for another day. In the meantime expect the signings of the two areas I referred to before the foreign trip.

  • Still say Connal Trueman is worth a try .Save your money Brum.Stockdale as experienced a keeper he is made blunders so why not give the kid a chance,if he is good enough he is old enough.

  • So guesswork then. Lol it might be educated guesswork but it’s still guesswork. You have nothing concrete, only logic.

  • Steve lol I know just assuming ain’t they also Stockdale hasn’t gone either as kuszak seriously just pointing out the obvious that we’ve got keepers lined up

  • Damian. No way do I know who the players are and what date they are due to sign.However I stake everything on a new goalkeeper and a forward to be on the plane come July 3rd.It is so obvious.GM would never go out on this pre season tour without his preferred squad and these two areas are his main concerns. Beattie and co. will work on Vassell,Adams and whoever in order to improve the goals that are needed.Monk has stressed a few times how this Austrian break is vital in order to get a new attacking approach sorted for the new season.No way,IMO,will he jet off with the old guard of Jukey,Adams and the rest without new additions plus of course a replacement keeper. Between now and next Friday when they tour will I am sure see the signings.Not rocket science or guesswork.

    • Sorry to keep asking questions so Stockdale not going as of yet has nothink to do with a new number 1 coming in ? I presume he will be training with the under 23 s

  • Damian. Stockdale is history.For what ever reason,our manager does not want him at the club. Our owners have obviously backed this move regardless of Stockdale expensive contract. This situation is not dissimilar to that of McCormack at Villa and to a lesser extent when Zigic ‘sat around’when on on £60K a week. Monk knows who he wants and my belief is that his new man will be on tour. What is important is the way the Championship clubs are strengthening with expensive additions -Stoke ,Forest and Middlesbrough,followed by Leeds and I would imagine WBA will be spending now July has started.Swansea will be keeping most of their players so realistically even with new additions to our squad our sensible approach to the new season must be to keep clear of danger and play decent, attacking football. This can only be achieved if we start from the very back and have a trusted and liked goalkeeper.As yet we haven’t.

  • Mitchell what’s happened to these 2 player’s coming in ? Surely we have to start bringing players in soon

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