Date: 8th June 2018 at 5:00pm
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The pursuit of Leicester’s George Thomas certainly won’t get the pulses racing, but with a tight budget and a number of positions to strengthen, there are going to have to be compromises.

Many believe that Garry Monk won’t go down the loan route after limiting the involvement of the likes of Jeremie Boga, Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall at the end of last season.

However, it looks to be very much the case of the players perhaps not being good enough, considering Sam Gallagher featured regularly under the manager when he was fit to play, as well as starting the crunch clash against Fulham on the final day.

In that context, recruiting a player like Thomas on loan makes sense. We need to strengthen our wide options as well as the number of goals we score.

Just 38 in the league last season just isn’t good enough and in the Welshman, we would have an additional goal threat from the wing. He scored eight in 23 for Leicester Under 23s last season, while prior to that, he managed nine in 36 for Coventry playing in League One and the EFL Trophy.

He is also highly regarded both at club and senior level. He was given his first senior cap by Ryan Giggs for Wales in a friendly against Mexico at the end of last month. At Leicester, manager Claude Puel decided against sending him out on loan in January as he felt he could have a chance of first-team action.

That may not have come to pass (he is yet to make his debut for the Foxes), but it is telling that the Premier League side see him as a player with great potential. The fact the 21-year-old is available on a season-long loan so he can get more game time under his belt makes him a very tempting target.

As we saw with the loan signings we made last season, there are no guarantees. He may find the step up to the Championship too much to handle, but his record in League One for Coventry does offer a good deal of hope that he can rise to the challenge if he makes the switch to St Andrews.

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7 Replies to “Why Birmingham’s Move For George Thomas Makes Sense”

  • It’s not that at all monk has said himself that loan signings are not committed to the club he wants committed players who all play for each other loan signings do not fit that mould if he goes back on that now he will look very silly. And the other thing is this lad good enough I doubt it.

    • Also Coventry wearing league two not League One so we didn’t score any goals in Ligue 1 he’s not good enough for the championship we don’t need him we need someone better VSO would be a lot better than him.

  • I’d rather see our own players given a chance than developing other clubs kids. If money is tight save on the loan fee and promote from within otherwise there’s no point having an academy. We have some great youngsters at the club. What sort of a message does this send out to them. If we’re gonna buy a player like Marvin Johnson then no problems as he’s gonna be our own player but don’t be so shortsighted as to bin the likes of Keita, VSO and McFarlane for an inexperienced kid before even assessing our own players.

    • Firstly, there’s already been over 50 players linked to us.
      So, secondly, is Thomas’s link genuine, or just another click bait type rumour?
      At the moment the only thing we know, is we’ve made an offer for Pedersen, everything else is sheer speculation.
      Our owners seem to be FINALLY getting it right, they’ve got rid of Vetere and Dein, and bought in a good young upcoming manager, who they appear to have put their full trust in.
      And what do some fans do?
      Question his judgement,.
      Before we even know if he is DEFINITELY after Thomas.
      “if” Thomas IS one of Monks targets, then we should be like our owners, and have faith in him, trust his judgement.
      He’s already started to sort out some of our current players and he’s got his list of targets that he wants, and shared it with the owners.
      Now let’s just stop the criticism and moaning until we know exactly who he signs, and give him and them a chance to see what they can do.
      You never know, he might know what he’s doing, and it might just work.
      If not, he’ll get the sack, then you, or any of the others who are criticizing him, BEFORE he’s had a chance, can apply for the managers job.
      See if you can do any better.


      • No one is question the manager’s judgement the question whether this journalism or article here is true or not and I believe it to be rubbish.

  • Would be surprised if no loan players arrived,sometimes they turn out great ( Jon Toral ) was great however I agree it’s best to have our own playing regularly. Will be interesting to see as the Summer unfolds what changes are made to the squad.

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