Gary Rowett has revealed that Nick Townsend may find himself as Birmingham’s number 2 keeper next season depending on how the summer goes with recruitment.
Kevin Summerfield and Rowett are both very keen on the youngster and he is now been touted as having a big future with the club. The Solihull born keeper may well one day find himself in the net at his hometown club.
Darren Randolph is yet to sign a new deal as he weighs up the options he has on the table, although we do not know for sure what other clubs are talking to him.
It means that Birmingham are in the market for another keeper, but Rowett has not given any indication as to whether he will go and get two keepers or give Townsend the chance to compete. But he has hinted that if he does opt to keep Townsend close to the first team that the youngster needs to take his chance.
Rowett’s master plan for Birmingham is to shorten the route for youngsters to make the firs team squad – that doesn’t mean get in the team but it does mean that the fringe areas are reserved for the young blood of the club.
If Birmingham do not opt for signing two new keepers this summer and Randolph leaves (which could well happen) then Townsend finds himself with an opportunity to show the management that they can trust him and that they don’t need another player.
I’ve heard very good things from fans of clubs Townsend has been on loan with, now this season we may get to see if he can step up and play a part in the squad here. Should Blues have two keepers ahead of him come the start of the season he will be loaned out.
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