Birmingham City are hovering perilously near the relegation zone and are separated from the drop zone by only goal difference. No wonder manager Alex McLeish is looking for reinforcement this month.
And he has got the man he has been chasing for long. Sky Sports reports that Birmingham have signed striker James McFadden from fellow Premiership club Everton for an initial trabsfer fee of £5 million. The deal was reached only on Friday and implies that the Scottish player will be available for Birmingham when they play Chelsea on Saturday.
McLeish is delighted with the signing and said:
I am delighted to have signed James. He is not just a guy who can score great goals. He can also create things and make things happen and he has got a big heart. He is the type of player you know you are going to get everything from for the entire 90 minutes of a game. He has matured. He has had his initiation at Everton in the Premier League and for me he is a definite Premier League player. He has shown that in a very good Everton side this season. When he has come into the side, I am not so sure anyone has looked as good as him.
McFadden is indeed a very efficient player who can be useful during dire times. But what about the rest of the Birmingham side? Can McFadden alone stop the sink?