Often Partisan

Positive September

Birmingham City completed their summer business on transfer window deadline day with the loan signings of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Rhoys Wiggins from Burnley and Bournemouth respectively, while Nicolai Brock-Madsen left on a season long loan to PEC Zwolle, who play in the Eredivisie in the Netherlands.

In some ways it was a bit of a strange deadline day. There had been rumours floating around that maybe up to three players could go and three come in during the days beforehand – and coupled with the rumours that Rowett was ready to “sacrifice” a player I did wonder if we’d see players of the ilk of Stephen Gleeson or Diego Fabbrini leave.

As it turned out no one went bar the expected loan departure of Brock, and Blues brought in two loans until January rather than signing players to lengthier deals. While I can see people might not be impressed – Jutkiewicz’s last goal was against us in THAT match at the Macron and Wiggins hasn’t played in months – but both I think are of a calibre that could add something to the squad.

However, I can’t help but think Rowett has decided rather than rolling the dice and moving players out to bring more expensive players in, that Blues would be better off with a lesser pedigree on a shorter deal to see where we stand financially and positionally in January. It’s not a bad shout either; we know that there may be an influx of cash then so why not hold off from risking everything until we’ve got a better idea of how much there is worth risking?

With the loan window no longer in existence the squad is now set for better or for worse until January 1 – and I think we have to be reasonably happy with the deals that have been done. We’ve seen Blues add some exciting young talent in Che Adams in particular; two left sided players in Greg Stewart and Wiggins, along with players whose fit in the team we’re already fairly sure of in Ryan Shotton and Robert Tesche.

The team does feel like there is a bit more balance to it; what I’d like to see now is if and when injuries and suspensions hit how the younger players fit into the squad because we can’t bring in temporary replacements. I think the lack of a loan window will actually benefit us here because I believe that sometimes we’d be better off looking within rather than trying to bring in some journeyman to fill in a hole; hopefully we’ll see players like Josh Cogley, Luke Maxwell and Dan Cleary make the step up when needed.

A few people have asked about the Cayman Islands court ruling which was the other important news people were waiting for yesterday – nothing has been announced to the HKSE and I work on the principle that no news is good news… so I suspect the takeover just keeps rolling on.

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