Clark ‘unlikely’ to bring in new faces4
December 21, 2012 by Made In Brum
With the January transfer window looming, Blues boss Lee Clark has rated his chances of bringing in new players as ‘unlikely’. With the financial restraints at the club, it would be an achievement if the club held on to their top assets, let alone bring new faces in.
He said- “the transfer window? It doesn’t affect me. Certainly not in the coming in tray, that’s for certain”.
The 40 year-old has named eight teenagers in the squad for Saturday’s clash with Burnley at St. Andrews, which many believe is a sign of things to come.
Regarding transfers, Clark continued- “you have got a list of players from all walks. You know where your position is at this moment in time, but I have been in the game long enough to know things can change quickly, so you’ve got to be ready”.
Jack Butland, the 19 year-old goalkeeper is being eyed-up by some top flight clubs including Liverpool, Everton and Spurs, but Clark has said that he’s received no enquiries. “I haven’t had a call about any of my players going. I don’t want to lose a player of Jack’s quality and we have to try our hardest to keep him and then see what happens”.
I’m a Spurs fan and I have heard the rumours about Butland replacing Friedel. He can challange Lloris for thhe number 1 jersey! But to be honest, Lloris is set to be our number 1 for a fair amount of time so if Butland had any ambition to progress, he should stay at Birmingham for at least another season. ‘Keepers don’t hit their peak normally until about the age of 27-28, he’s 19, he’s got all the time in the world.
This is what I’ve been saying all season, people done realise how difficult his job is. At least Hughton could strengthen in Jan, Clark can’t. Caddis needs to be signed permanently, but can we drum up funds even for a 500k player?
Carson and Pannu need to sell up otherwise things will soon get worse.
Leave Butland here, he needs first team football. No point progressing this far and then sitting on the bench for a few years!
I think it’s probably best for Butland’s career to stay here for the moment, where at least he’ll be pretty much guarenteed first team football. That’ll be his best chance of improving, and also it could benefit us in the long-term because it means that his price tag will go up, so that we can sell him for more money once we gets some new owners.
At the moment, if we could guarentee that all the money sold for Butland would go into the club rather than Carson Yeung’s pocket, then I’d be inclined to sell him for £6 million now just to help get rid of the debt short-term. However, there’s no guarentee of that happening and I think the best thing for both Butland and the club at this moment in time, is for him to stay here so that he can leave for more money in future, when we’ve got a chairman who will put that cash back into the club.