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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Welcome to today's round-up of Birmingham City news as one of Blues' Championship rivals are fired into life by signing a new striker Austin rover Birmingham City are struggling at both ends of the field - scoring and conceding goals. The defensive fortitude characteristic of Aitor Karanka’s early months in charge, is but a distant memory, while the shortcomings in front of goal have not been solved all season. Only Wycombe, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby have scored fewer than Blues ’ 17 goals. They have seven players are top scorers, with only two. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now But with the transfer window open they have the opportunity to alleviate that issue - and some supporters noted the impact Charlie Austin had for Queen’s Park Rangers last night. The veteran striker has been loaned by West Brom back to Rangers and announced his return with a debut goal, which did not escape the attention of these Bluenoses. One said: “Yeah people laughed when I mentioned getting Charlie Austin a few months ago& look what happens” Read More Related Articles Birmingham City fans send transfer message as 'striker scores' to move club above Blues Value added Birmingham City are in the bottom half of the Championship in terms of squad value. That’s according to website Transfermarkt which estimates the worth of all 24 second tier teams - and places Blues at 15th. They reckon Aitor Karanka’s 28-man squad is valued at £38.16million, well short of Championship pacesetters Bournemouth whom they have at £118.44m. According to the estimated figures Blues’ players are worth more than those at Millwall, Preston. Sheffield Wednesday, QPR, Barnsley, Luton, Coventry, Rotherham and Wycombe. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now The Chairboys playing group is claimed to be worth £6.66m - almost half that of next lowest Rotherham. The numbers are only a guide - the reality is a player is worth what a buyer is prepared to pay for him - but it could be interpreted as a measure of how Blues are performing on the field of play. Aitor Karanka’s men have struggled in the last month and after a bright start to December are now winless in seven. They are 19th in the table, behind Millwall, Preston, Coventry and QPR. Norwich, the actual Championship leaders, are claimed to have a squad worth £100.49m, while Swansea, in second are the biggest over-achievers with the 11th most valuable group. Blues’ most valuable player is said to be Ivan Sunjic, with a price tag of £4.95m. Kristian Pedersen is reckoned to be worth £3.6m and Maxime Colin £2.
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Nine free transfers - how much Birmingham City's squad is worth this transfer window Been there, done that, worn the shirt Birmingham City start the second half of their Championship campaign at Middlesbrough on Saturday. They do so four points above the relegation zone and having produced only five wins from their first 23 league games. Aitor Karanka is struggling to find the right combinations to keep things tight at the back whilst also producing enough goal threat to add to that tally of five. We spoken to a couple of former Blues favourites and asked them to put their finger on what’s going wrong and what needs to be done to sort it out. MARTIN O’CONNOR The dynamic midfielder played 225 games for Blues between November 1996 and February 2002, many as captain and as part of the team which came so close to promotion and reached the Worthington Cup final. What have you made of them so far? It looks disjointed, you can put your finger on team shape, selection, formation but the 11 who he picks surely he thinks they are going to do a job and to win five of the last 23 games ain’t good enough if I am being honest. Not good enough for a Championship side when fans, everyone connected with the club want them to be pushing for promotion. Who is that on? Manager? Players? I’ll be honest with you I think it’s a combination of everybody. Talk of the financial position the club is in doesn’t help. Obviously you have got to give new managers time, you have got to do that if you want success and consistency. I am not saying tinkering but it seems like he doesn’t know his best starting XI, his best team, his best formation. That’s got to be looked at and questioned. But I am always one of those who you have got to put it on to the players. Are they producing, are they trying their best, are they being competitive and wanting to win for the club and get them out of this bad run they are in at the moment. Loads more here.
'Halfhearted' - Birmingham City favourites deliver tough verdict on what's wrong with Blues Reidy to go Birmingham City’s Under 23s got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory away to their Hull City counterparts. Young striker Jayden Reid scored twice for Steve Spooner’s side, while Miguel Fernandez added his fifth of the season in the development squad’s first game of 2021. The result lifts them into mid-table with four wins and six defeats from their 11 games. Reid, who made his first team debut last season before spending the first half of this campaign on loan at Barrow, opened the scoring in the 20th minute. He cut in from the left before his deflected shot found the bottom corner of Harrison Foulkes’ net. He could have made it 2-0 just before half time when he went round the Tigers’ goalkeeper but could only fire into the side-netting. However, he did just that eight minutes after the restart when he was on hand to tuck home the rebound after Foulkes had saved from Adan George.
Birmingham City youngster scores twice on return from League Two loan
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