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Trials and Tribulations

Birmingham City have taken former Dutch international Dwight Tiendalli as they ratchet up their pre-season training in Marbella. The full-back was released by mutual consent from Swansea on September 1 last year and hasn’t played a professional game since turning out for Middlesbrough on loan in the Championship against Brighton in May 2015.

The Surinamese-born defender has linked up with Blues while they go through their pre-season training camp in Marbella to allow Gary Rowett to take a closer look at him. A right-back by trade, Tiendalli can also play left-back and it’s that kind of versatility that I think would make him appeal to Rowett who is short in defence.

However, I think a lot of people have read too much into this as a potential transfer; as I understand it trials are a bit of a “free hit” and as such don’t impact on players we are already looking at; it’s just a chance to take a look at a player who might improve the team for very little outlay. We’ve had some success with trialists – Stephen Carr comes to mind – but in the main trials very rarely go any further.

I believe Blues are very much still in the market for a left-back to come in and even if Tiendalli was signed I doubt that would change. Blues are very short of true left-sided players and while Tiendalli can play at left-back I think Rowett would prefer to bring one in who is predominately left-footed.

According to French football site foot-sur7, Blues have also taken on trial 19-year-old Bordeaux keeper Simon Lefebvre. The young Frenchman, who stands an impressive 6’8 tall was third keeper at Les Girondins last season and is looking to win his first professional contract. I would suspect if he is on trial then he will be with the u-21 group in Austria.

No doubt Blues will trial other players this summer; while some of them will no doubt be more interesting than others I think it’s worth remembering just how few trialists ever get taken on before wondering if they are there to replace potential first team purchases.

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68 Responses to “Trials and Tribulations”

  • mark says:

    i would like to hear more about our homegrown players and how they are looking to break into the first team……..What RG doing about that!

  • williammorgan says:

    We have sold off a generation of star youngsters in…. Redmond …butland….mutch…gray….stars don’t come that quick through the ranks ,we need to play catch up in first team positions where stars are ageing ……kro

  • Eddie says:

    No mention of Cotterill going to Cardiff

    • almajir says:

      Non-story, there is no clause in his contract…

    • StaffsBlue says:

      It would be interesting though to see what would happen if we did get a firm offer from Cardiff. Would Cotts ask permission to speak to them? It is his hometown after all and could be his last chance to sign a decent contract.

  • Texas Pete says:

    I wonder what circumstances a player like Tiendalli is not with a club or contract for a full season. After being a premier team squad member before there must be some big reason and it has to be a long way back to being squad ready fitness wise. If he has kept fit enough then a mature fullback with pedigree would help the squad a lot. There is the potential of hunger to make up for lost time that could fit with GR or it is a non starter.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Tiendalli would be a valuable addition to Blues’ squad if he can prove his fitness.
    He has played in the Premier League, has full caps for Holland and being two footed can play
    both full back positions. And with no transfer fee involved is a no brained.

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    Gary knows we can’t contemplate a sustained play off challenge without changing both full backs. They’re preferred left back won’t be cheap so getting this guy in effectively halves the price for two new ones.

    • mark says:

      what about the middle of defense?? could not win a game from the last 8 games……

    • almajir says:

      Barking up the wrong tree Julian.

    • Andrew says:

      never heard of teams winning promotion from inspired full back performances! not saying they’re u/s but its not that key. If you want to win games you need solid centre backs and someone who will put the ball in the net more often than not.

      • BhamCityJulian says:

        I think Stephen Carr and Liam Ridgewell would be chuckling about your comment

        • Andrew says:

          Although I rated both of them I still never felt as though they single-handedly won any games for blues through their performances on their own, they also played behind some of the best midfielders I’ve ever seen in a blues shirt so I’m not quite sure why they would chuckle too much pal. but i suppose thats just an opinion

  • AdamTrueBlue says:

    Agree with BCJ and the experience that Tiendalli could bring to the ‘Defense’, could be a shrewd move, though he has already had a trial with Raneri at Leicester that wasn’t followed up. I see that Bendtner is in the market for a free transfer any views? Kro

  • Waycoolblue says:

    Tiendalli was a good player for Swansea. Would be good if he can get back to full fitness but I think its a lot harder at his age he is 30 years old. But it dues have some similar things about it to when we signed Stephen Carr out of retirement. I agree Dan if he dues get a contract it wont change the left back situation GR will sill be looking at there.

  • DoctorD says:

    I think you’ll find a height of 2 metres 3cm as reported in Foot sur 7 is 6 foot 7, not 6 foot 8.

  • Tony says:

    At that height what’s he like on the floor take him half an hour to get down.

  • williammorgan says:

    I think we should give Marko livaja a striker a trial ….22 Yo ,… 6 ft…if he is still out of contract that is KRO

  • StaffsBlue says:

    BM reckon we’re interested in Kieran Richardson.

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      Little bit like a used car with 80k on the clock.Could be a good little runner for a few more years but could be a clapped out banger.A gamble for me.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        You’d have thought with him being linked with us, vile fans would be singing his praises, just to offload him onto us… but they haven’t got a good word to say about him. Although, Sheff Wed fans did the same with Maghoma.

        • zxcv says:

          Staffs, You could mention any one of their players and they wouldn’t have a good word about any of em.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            That’s what I meant. We had the same with Wednesday fans, but Maghoma turned out to be a key player for most of the season.

          • steve says:

            You can count on one hand the number of really decent games Maghoma. No way was he a key player for most of the season. As for Richardson,he’s no better than we already have.In fact he’s probably worse.

          • Andrew says:

            Richardson would be a real backwards step

  • Dave Mann says:

    10 years ago maybe . KRO

  • Flertch says:

    Bring in Tom Bradshaw now ….a decent left back and a class goalkeeper then I,d be happy

  • RichardM says:

    Kieran Richardson? No thanks, there’s got to be better out there that an old pro looking for a pay packet – never did rate him anyway.

  • Tony says:

    Yep Richardson’s been round the block too many times.

  • williammorgan says:

    Never saw KR as a left back as he is not what you call a good header of a ball , good tackler though …for me a central midfield player , that can tackle back , and as a powerful accurate shot which is what you need to beat top goalkeepers from outside the box …perhaps the difference between blues and villa fans as tom Ross has said is what’s needed to resurrect his career , but then again remember phleb ….

  • Kingstanding Maximums says:

    Sniffing around the freebies.

  • mark says:

    Tom bradshaw whether GR thinks so or not has improved from 2008 having his best spell at walsall 70appearances 34 goals. Given the chance he could quite easy push or kick on at a better club which would be us imo.

    • mark says:

      he age 23 possibly the next stage will to be in full welsh team which he made 8 appearance scoring 1 goal having already played at u19 and u21 scoring in both those age groups. Clearly Mr safely first has missed the trick lol

  • Waycoolblue says:

    Off subject.
    I met my Brother in a bar in Bromsgrove for a drink last night and guess how came in to the bar. Steve Claridge remember him? He was with some guys from the BBC. For some program to do with Grass roots football. He ordered ice & lemon with tonic water lol and me and my Brother had a joke with him. He stayed about 2 hours talking to us and the bar man. He talked about Salisbury and what a nice place it is and how he would love to get Villa in the cup. Nice guy We had a good night.

  • Waycoolblue says:


  • Dave Mann says:

    Wish we had a Steve Claridge now mate . KRO

  • Waycoolblue says:

    Nelson Oliveira is linked with us

  • David L says:

    In Gary we trust of course, but looking at who Monk at Leeds has just signed (Roofe from Oxford and Grimes from Swansea) for about £3mill makes you think we’re not just behind Newcastle etc but also many of the mid-table teams too.

    • Bluey says:

      That`s why i think any talk of promotion is,sadly,wide of the mark this season. We simply haven`t the financial clout to compete at the top end.

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