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Ntambwe Moves On

Midfielder Brice Ntambwe has moved to RAEC Mons of the Belgian top division from Birmingham City’s development squad.

Mons, who are managed by former Belgian international striker Enzo Scifo, have awarded the former Belgium u17 captain an 18 month professional deal. The 19-year-old had never made a first team appearance for Blues and his contract was due to expire in the summer.

Ntambwe twice travelled with the first team squad last season (Chelsea away in the FA Cup and Ipswich Town away in the League) but failed to make the bench on either occasion.

The midfielder had fallen behind Callum Reilly and Eddy Gnahore in the pecking order and this move will give him a chance of first team football in his homeland. I’m sure Blues fans will join me in wishing Brice well for the future.


14 Responses to “Ntambwe Moves On”

  • Gary R says:

    Almajir – surely this move is nothing to do with finances? If it comes to fruition and a few players leave, you’d think they’d keep hold of this lad because he could be in the first-team squad come February if this alleged “fire-sale” is going to happen. The move confuses me, but like you I wish him well for the future.

    • Boozy Blue says:

      Gary no, he hasn’t kicked on, he hasn’t been a regular for the development squad either and when Gnahore returned from injury he really was down the pecking order.

      He has the physical attributes but needs more technical work, he’ll be back as a good player in a few years

      • Gary R says:

        I understand what you’re saying, but we could be in a position where ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ come February with any young player. That’s all I’m saying. Ordinarily he wouldn’t be good enough, but we’re hardly in an ordinary situation.

  • Boozy blue says:

    Unlikely we are stocked at centre mid with Fahey also to returnw

  • Dave says:

    Wasn’t he touted as the next big thing while McLeish was here?

  • Tim says:

    This news really saddens me.. I keep a close eye on the blues youth and development squads and this lad was total class.. Once again we let a good lad go.. Jervis, Aloko. And now Young Brice! Lost for words

  • Tom says:

    Tim I think the list goes on mate, something sadly we all have to get used to, who knows maybe he’s not good enough someone obviously couldn’t see him progressing.

  • Chris Smith says:

    Is this a release deal or did we get a fiver for him?

  • Paulo says:

    I wish Brice the best and from a certain point of view, it is his chance at gaining regular experience and 1st team action. I’m sure he will remember his academy years here with pride, and go on to find his feet in his native homeland. Maybe his chances at gaining 1st team action here have become too slim and so his choice is to that of a Belgian club.
    There will always be another side to this, but as he has not made the 1st team at blues, it is a good chance for him.

  • James Black says:

    Looking at the deals done in the championship so far, its noticeable that their is not a lot of money being thrown around. The exception being a 2 million signing by Brighton which stands alone, the rest are a few ins and outs at the 300,000 level, everything else is well below that. Their ain’t so much money around it would appear. Not a bad thing in my view. Bring on the young uns and back to a healthy grass roots policy for clubs can only be good for the game or at least i believe so.

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