Premier League Preview Number 18: Birmingham City

06 August 2009

Birmingham City

Biggest Ins: Christian Benitez from Santos Laguna is a proven goal scorer in Mexico. Barry Ferguson and Lee Bowyer should form a decent partnership as the spine of the midfield. Joe Hart coming in on loan should provide him plenty of starting opportunities.

Biggest Outs: I’m going to be honest; it’s difficult to nominate biggest outs based on the fact those who left did so on free transfers or returned to the clubs they were loaned from. Radhi Jaidi and Mehdi Nafti were bound to leave as the midfielders brought in were of a higher class.

Easiest Month: Birmingham City have no true easy month, but the closest one to comfortable is February. They start at home to Wolverhampton before two trips to London, taking on West Ham United and Fulham. They end the month at home to Wigan Athletic. It is possible they could get seven points out of the month.

Toughest Month: January. They host Manchester United and travel away to Chelsea. Between that, Birmingham City travel to Portsmouth. The month ends with a visit from Tottenham. At best, I see Birmingham City getting 2 points from this month.

Five Questions About Birmingham City This Season
1) Has the relationship between ownership and Alex McLeish been patched up? There was talk towards the end of last season they were not on the greatest of terms. However with the spending done this summer, will McLeish shut up and manage; or will McLeish run with the same old same when things go bad?
2) Has Craig Ferguson learned his lesson? At 31, this is his last chance at making an impact for any club. He flourished with McLeish at Rangers and one would assume that Ferguson is ready to return the favor McLeish showed in signing him.
3) Can their close to the vest style of play keep them up? Last year in the Championship they only scored fifty four goals, yet only gave up thirty seven. In forty-six games, they scored more than twice on four different occasion (all four times they scored three goals) and had seven 1-0 wins. Furthermore they had three nil draws and lost one nil five times. Birmingham City could get away with this in the Championship. It won’t work in the Premier League.
4) Who starts in goal? Joe Hart in short spurts played well at Manchester City and looks to be England’s keeper of the future. However Maik Taylor has been around the block or two and has proven to be a valuable asset to the club. One thing McLeish cannot do is rotate.
5) Which pairing up front gives Birmingham City a chance? Christian Benitez will start given his transfer fee, but is it James McFadden or Cameron Jerome who partners him?

My Ultimate Reality: Of the three teams to come into the Premier League this summer, my feeling is McLeish has tried to do too much with this squad to keep them up. The midfield has been completely overhauled and will take time to adjust to each other. I still fear for their goal scoring even with Benitez up top. Good keeping will get them so far, but when it’s all over, I see them being relegated on the last day of the season with a point total somewhere in the mid thirties.


Anonymous August 13, 2009 at 3:26 PM  

Piss off yank

The Third Half August 13, 2009 at 6:26 PM  

Ah poor baby, did I make you upset?

Is that the best you can do? Really; is that the best you can do? I guess so. Couldn't even give one logical reason why they would stay up? I am not worried about the lack of opinion you have.

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