Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Birmingham City https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/birmingham-city Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:55:38 +1000 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[Birmingham trials for ex-Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran]]> <p>Former Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran has gone on trial at Championship side Birmingham City.</p><p>McEachran is seeking a new club after leaving Brentford at the end of last season, says the <a href="https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/birmingham-city-hand-josh-mceachran-16890747">Birmingham Mail</a><a href="https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/birmingham-city-hand-josh-mceachran-16890747"></a>.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/birmingham-trials-for-ex-chelsea-midfielder-josh-mceachran-4296375?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BBirmingham%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran has gone on trial at Championship side Birmingham City.

McEachran is seeking a new club after leaving Brentford at the end of last season, says the Birmingham Mail.

The 26-year-old, who is a free agent after his departure from Griffin Park, played 68 minutes for Birmingham's development squad in their match against Bristol City on Monday.

The elder brother of Academy prospect George McEachran, Josh was Chelsea's Young Player of the Year in 2010/11 and played 22 senior matches for the club before he left to join Brentford in 2015.

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<![CDATA[New Sheffield Wednesday boss Monk ponders Beattie addition]]> <p>New Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk admits Southampton hero James Beattie could join him at Hillsborough.</p><p>Monk has worked with Beattie at his previous clubs Swansea City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/new-sheffield-wednesday-boss-monk-ponders-beattie-addition-4296331?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BBirmingham%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> New Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk admits Southampton hero James Beattie could join him at Hillsborough.

Monk has worked with Beattie at his previous clubs Swansea City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.

Beattie, who enjoyed two spells as a player at Bramall Lane, is currently a coach at Birmingham.

When asked if there is a possibility of Beattie joining his Wednesday revolution, Monk told The Star: "We will have those discussions.

"Of course, if there is a chance to bring in one or two members of staff with me who know me and have worked with me and know how I work, we can hit the ground running as quickly as possible. It can help with time and I will look to do that. But right now, it is working with Lee and the staff and I am looking forward to that.

"I am looking forward to it but we will see what happens."

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<![CDATA[Southampton hero Beattie won over by Hasenhuttl]]> <p>Southampton hero James Beattie admits he's been impressed by the work of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.</p><p>Like so many others, the Birmingham City coach has been reenergised by the impact of manager Ralph Hasenhttl.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/southampton-hero-beattie-won-over-by-hasenhuttl-4295371?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BBirmingham%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Southampton hero James Beattie admits he's been impressed by the work of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Like so many others, the Birmingham City coach has been reenergised by the impact of manager Ralph Hasenhttl.

I've been impressed by the manager and his style of play," he told the Saints website.

I came to watch the team against Chelsea, in one of Mark Hughes's last games, and it's probably the only time I can remember getting angry at a football match.

I don't get angry at football matches. I probably did as a player not with my own teammates, but with the opposition but I felt the players were playing the game passively.

I was actually a guest and I went into the lounge, where Nicky (Banger) was trying to ask me questions and I was just saying 'I can't answer them' because I was right on the edge. I was not happy, because the club means a lot to me.

The one thing I gave was a hundred per cent, because I wasn't the most technically gifted, but heart and desire are a given, so I can imagine how Mark felt.

But now Ralph has come in and he's been great. He's changed it all around, given it that freshness and when I speak to the boys they say the training is so intense short and sharp but really tough. That's the way he wants them to play.

He's got a new set of players from what I saw in that Chelsea game."

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<![CDATA[Man City, Celtic battle for Birmingham centre-back Mitchell Roberts]]> <p>Manchester City and Celtic are battling for Birmingham City centre-back Mitchell Roberts.</p><p><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/9820491/celtic-transfer-man-city-birmingham-mitchell-roberts/">The Sun</a> says the Scottish champions' transfer window remains open, which gives them the edge in the race for the 18-year-old defender.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/man-city-celtic-battle-for-birmingham-centre-back-mitchell-roberts-4294748?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BBirmingham%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Manchester City and Celtic are battling for Birmingham City centre-back Mitchell Roberts.

The Sun says the Scottish champions' transfer window remains open, which gives them the edge in the race for the 18-year-old defender.

Both clubs are tracking Roberts after catching the eye in the Development Squad at St Andrew's.

He caught the eye of Manchester City in the summer when Birmingham Under-23s played in a friendly at the Etihad Campus.

But Celtic are also firmly in the running for the centre-back and believe they can land him while the Premier League window is closed.

The teenager signed a one-year pro deal in the summer and is expected to sold for the right price.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Chelsea striker Forssell: Pukki will beat my record]]> <p>Former Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell is backing fellow Finn Teemu Pukki for a big season with Norwich City.</p><p>Forssell scored 17 times for Birmingham in the Premier League in 2003-04.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-chelsea-striker-forssell-pukki-will-beat-my-record-4294115?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BBirmingham%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell is backing fellow Finn Teemu Pukki for a big season with Norwich City.

Forssell scored 17 times for Birmingham in the Premier League in 2003-04.

He told The Sun: "I'm not worried that Teemu will break my record because I know for sure that it will happen.

"Teemu will score at least 18 goals this season. I said it before the start of the season. I believed in him all the time.

"This is a fantastic thing for the whole of Finnish football. The game in our country has had challenging years but Teemu has shown what hard work can do.

"I hope every young footballer in this country will follow suit.

"It was an awesome accomplishment to score a hat-trick. I was like a fan and shouting at the TV. They were world-class goals."

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<![CDATA[Lee Clark: Reality of Deadline Day; Exciting Newcastle attack; Matty Longstaff?]]> <p>I've been heavily involved in transfer deadline day during my management career. It's a hectic time for everybody involved, no less than the managers themselves.</p><p>There have been times, when the deadlines used to be at midnight, I've left my offices at Huddersfield or Birmingham at 8pm thinking nothing more was going to happen, then on the journey home a deal appears from nowhere.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/lee-clark-reality-of-deadline-day-exciting-newcastle-attack-matty-longstaff-4292196?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BBirmingham%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> I've been heavily involved in transfer deadline day during my management career. It's a hectic time for everybody involved, no less than the managers themselves.

There have been times, when the deadlines used to be at midnight, I've left my offices at Huddersfield or Birmingham at 8pm thinking nothing more was going to happen, then on the journey home a deal appears from nowhere.

Whether that's a deal to get a player out or a player in and you're driving back to the office to try and be there and you have to do certain things that you wouldn't normally do, such as get the paperwork faxed to the players' home or the agents home because there's no time to do it between the two clubs, or medicals wherever the player is based because you haven't got time to get them to your football club.

We've had to do medicals when a player is travelling up and they might ring up and say they're caught in traffic and the club will say where are you and then call the nearest hospital to them where they've got contacts because the doctors and medical teams at the football clubs have got so many contacts around the country in terms of specialists and other doctors in hospital to get things done.

And that's the reason why deals these days can get done so quickly. It doesn't surprise me when I see so many deals happen at the last minute as they did on Thursday night.

It's not being able to rest and it's not thinking your work is done even if you're 99 per cent sure it has. You've gone home before the windows shut because everything's gone quiet and then all of a sudden bang things just start to tumble because there's a domino effect somewhere else and effects you.

The problem is a lot of people think and fans think that when teams are doing last minute deals, they're thinking they're panic buying, doing this because it's last minute.

But actually these deals have been in the works for weeks and what happens is the other clubs will try and hold out for something else and all of a sudden they decide to go ahead with the deal, so it might appear like it's last minute but it's not always the case.

You know what you need and you've got a list of them and you're working your way down and you might have a couple of maybes in there so you can't move onto the next one until you've got a definite answer for your number one target or number two target so you know the specific positions that you want to buy, unless there is a real one out of the blue whose a game-changer for you in terms of one you weren't earmarking that position but if you get a type of player who can change the whole dynamics of your group then that's the difference.

But certainly most of the time you know who you're targeting and what you're doing. It's an exciting time but it is definitely stressful as well.



PACE AND POWER AT ST. JAMES'

I'm excited by the acquisitions Newcastle have made because they've brought players in with power, pace and energy.

Steve has predominately been a manager who likes to play the 3-5-2 system and in preseason he's used that system with Miguel Almiron and Joelinton as his front two. What that tells me is that you've got a front two with unbelievable pace and power.

In Joelinton you've got someone who can hold the ball up and be an aerial threat but the two of them can also run in behind. They've got an asset that defenders hate at any level which is real genuine pace and in preseason they've combined really well. I think that all Almiron needs is some kind of goal. Whether he trips up and kicks one in, scuffs one in the net luckily, someone kicks a ball and hits him in the face and goes in, any kind of goal, because I think once that happens he'll be up and running. Joelinton has scored a couple in preseason already and Alain Saint-Maximin also brings that same pace and power.

I think there's going to be a little bit of change in the tactics from Rafa Benitez and that's normal when a new manager comes in. So it'll be exciting to see how the season starts against Arsenal who themselves have been very active in the transfer window as well.

What will happen on Sunday at St. James', the fans who are there, and there's talk of not being a full house. No-one knows what the end game will be in terms of attendance. But once the game kicks-off what I do know is that the people inside the stadium, and even the ones who don't go for whatever reason, they'll be sitting there on the TV's supporting the team, they'll be supporting the manager and his staff, because ultimately they want their club to do well, they want their team and their players and their managers to do well, they don't want them to fail.

So whatever else is going on, you know as a player that they are going to get the support of the fans. They'll just get their heads down and move forward and try and get the right result. It's not going to be easy.

For a club that doesn't affect the top-end of the table, it's a club that everyone likes to talk about, it's a club that's on everyone's lips, there's a lot of interest in the club.

And it's kept it's love from people because of the amount of support it gets, it's phenomenal really to think that the stadiums always full, I mean there's talk that this weekend that it could be the first time in a long-time that its not going to be in the Premier League and that's why they're saying it could make an impact.



ANOTHER LONGSTAFF

As I've wrote previously about Sean, I've been aware of Matty for a long time. Matty's a different player to Sean in that he's a smaller version, very aggressive and loves to get around people.

But he also has great ability and I've got no doubt he can make a huge impact. I think he's made such a strong impact in preseason that there's a strong chance he could be on the bench against Arsenal on the weekend.

I think what Steve has to decide is how close do they think he is to breaking into starting XI, because if they think he's still a little bit away what'll be really strong and a good thing would be for him to take the same route as his brother Sean and go out and get on loan and build a number of games to get experience.

If he thinks he's still some time away, because he's still really young, then you can't deny him that opportunity to get out on loan. U23 football is probably not Matty's aim anymore. It'll be a loan move. Possibly SPFL like Sean or a Championship club to then re-assess in January and see where he is. I think there will be no harm in him doing the same route as what Sean did that's for sure.




CONFIDENT FOR BLYTH SEASON

Blyth has been going great, despite losing our first game narrowly 2-1. We played well and should've got something from the game after getting denied a last minute penalty. But we held our own. I'm confident for the season ahead because obviously it's a new experience for a lot of the players and I and my staff as well, I'm really looking forward to it.

It's great being back on the training pitch and coaching these players, they're a really good bunch of lads, who are really young and willing to learn. A lot of them haven't played at the level before and their reaction has been great.

We've also signed Newcastle's Nathan Harker, who is a very, very good goalkeeper. He was excellent on his debut last weekend and I thought he was terrific in every aspect of his goalkeeping. We're delighted to get him on board because we had a little issue with one of our goalkeepers Mark Foden so it was imperative we got another goalkeeper signed and Newcastle came up trumps for us.

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<![CDATA[Birmingham medical today for Valencia midfielder Fran Villalba]]> <p>Valencia midfielder Fran Villalba is signing for Birmingham City today.</p><p>AS says the 21 year-old is undergoing a medical at St Andrew's ahead of signing for the Blues in a free transfer.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/birmingham-medical-today-for-valencia-midfielder-fran-villalba-4291828?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BBirmingham%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Valencia midfielder Fran Villalba is signing for Birmingham City today.

AS says the 21 year-old is undergoing a medical at St Andrew's ahead of signing for the Blues in a free transfer.

Valencia will retain a percentage of the transfer rights, with Birmingham to pay 2m should they win promotion. They will also be due a hefty percentage of any sell on fee.

Key to the deal is the presence of Blues manager Pep Clotet, who has driven the move.

Villalba is expected to complete the move today.

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<![CDATA[Brighton boss Potter delighted with Locadia preseason form]]> <p>Brighton boss Graham Potter was delighted with Jurgen Locadia's performance for their 4-0 friendly win over Birmingham City.</p><p>The Dutchman scored one and assisted another at St Andrew's, and the boss spoke about the striker's qualities following the convincing victory.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/brighton-boss-potter-delighted-with-locadia-preseason-form-4290768?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BBirmingham%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Brighton boss Graham Potter was delighted with Jurgen Locadia's performance for their 4-0 friendly win over Birmingham City.

The Dutchman scored one and assisted another at St Andrew's, and the boss spoke about the striker's qualities following the convincing victory.

He said, Jurgen is a player with a lot of potential, and he's one of a number of players that we want to try and improve.

That's the job I have, and he's applied himself really well since I've arrived. He's had a tough time since he's been here, and it probably hasn't gone as well as he would have wanted.

That happens in football sometimes, and you have to keep working hard.

He's been good to work with, and hopefully that can continue."

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<![CDATA[​Nottingham Forest target loan for Wolves youngster Rafa Mir]]> <p>Nottingham Forest are targeting Wolverhampton Wanderers star Rafa Mir.<br></p><p>The Championship side want to sign the 22-year-old on loan for the coming season.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/nottingham-forest-target-loan-for-wolves-youngster-rafa-mir-4290763?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BBirmingham%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Nottingham Forest are targeting Wolverhampton Wanderers star Rafa Mir.

The Championship side want to sign the 22-year-old on loan for the coming season.

Mir has yet to play for Wolves in the Premier League, while he has only managed four competitive appearances for the club.

He was at Las Palmas on loan last season.

Per Wolvesbite, both Wolves and Birmingham City have an interest in the player.

It is unclear if Wolves are considering a loan, as they may keep Mir for squad depth.

The Premier League side will be involved in the Europa League this season, if they can make it through the qualifying rounds.

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<![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Birmingham sign Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter]]> <p>Birmingham City have signed Jake Clarke-Salter from Chelsea on a season-long loan.</p><p>The 21-year-old central defender, who spent last season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, has made two substitute appearances for Chelsea.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-birmingham-sign-chelsea-defender-jake-clarke-salter-4290175?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BBirmingham%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Birmingham City have signed Jake Clarke-Salter from Chelsea on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old central defender, who spent last season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, has made two substitute appearances for Chelsea.

Clarke-Salter previously played in the Championship while on loan at Sunderland from January to May 2018.

He was part of the England side that won the 2017 Under-20 World Cup and has three FA Youth Cup winners' medals.

Under the loan agreement, Clarke-Salter will be eligible to play for Birmingham in the FA Cup and EFL Cup as well as the league.

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