January 2, 2013 by Made In Brum
With Blues’ current injury crisis, including having no available strikers, Lee Clark opted to recall Jake Jervis from his loan spell at Portsmouth. The Cardiff game came around and Jervis was named on the substitutes bench, Clark preferring Ravel Morrison and Nathan Redmond in attack.
No qualms there.
But in his post-match interview, Clark pointed out that Jervis had been farmed out on loan to seven lower league clubs, none of whom attempted to sign him.
What a confidence boost for the young lad that is Lee. Talk about shooting a man down. He could have simply said “I don’t feel Jake is ready yet”.
What must Jervis be thinking now?
And before anyone has a pop at me- I’m not arguing the fact that he was on the bench. That’s up to Clark. But to give a man such a brush-off when you could be relying on him as your only fit striker was ridiculous and out of line.
I sometimes question Clark’s professionalism. Would Steve Bruce, Alex McLeish or Chris Hughton have put a player down as openly as Clark has?
Elsewhere- goalkeeper David Lucas has signed for Fleetwood Town. He joined Blues in the summer and made only one appearance against Barnet in the Capital One cup back in August and had six months of his contract left to run.
By Rob Wildey