January 29, 2013 by Made In Brum
Its January 29th, and in the transfer window so far, Blues have lost only Jake Jervis, who was never going to be a first team player. No massive loss. But it’s expected that Chris Burke will join Nottingham Forest (he could be playing against us on Saturday) soon, at the time of writing, Blues are considering a higher offer for the winger.
Burke is 29, has had an off-season and is out of contract in June. I don’t want him to go but I can see the benefits of cashing in on him, as we could lose him for nothing in June. With Wade Elliott and Nathan Redmond (assuming he stays) Blues have more than adequate replacements.
Jack Butland is another linked with a move away. Blues have been actively trying to offload the young ‘keeper who is seen as their main asset. Interest has been in abundance, but nothing has materialised in terms of an offer. If Butland does leave, it’ll be a loss, but we dust ourselves down and back Colin Doyle.
Curtis Davies would be a massive loss. Reading are sniffing around, but their £1m must be a joke, he’s worth double that. A Pablo Ibanez and Steven Caldwell central defensive partnership scares me a little, no pace, too complacent. But Lee Clark will be looking at bringing in a defender on loan.
The biggest departure that will be impossible to replace is Marlon King. He’s 32 admittedly and has a niggling knee problem, but his 18 goals last season and 14 so far this season are irreplaceable. Languishing in 17th place, where would Blues be without King? Nikola Zigic, although able and effective, is not a natural 15-20 goal man, nor is Peter Lovenkrands. The club have to do everything in their power to keep hold of King, and as a result, our goals.
By Rob Wildey