Flying high in the top half of the Premier League, does Alex McLeish even need to bother Mr. Yeung’s money?
Birmingham could be among the big spenders in January with Carson Yeung the new Birmingham City owner promising between £20 million and £40 million for Alex McLeish to spend.
With January only around the corner, it’s exciting times for Birmingham fans, and the countdown is on.
The Blues have been linked with different players each day since Carson Yeung’s takeover, and the Birmingham fans, are drooling over some the names linked with the club.
Birmingham currently lie in the top half of the Premier League, having gone on a eight game unbeaten run, taking points off the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Sunderland along the way.
Alex McLeish has put together an experienced squad, and they have gained many admirers this season for their battling performances in the league, making them a team that are hard to beat.
So what will the January transfer window bring for Birmingham?
Whilst most Birmingham fans would like to believe they can sign a few big name players that the club has been linked with, the likeness is doubtful.
The realistic target would be to add more depth to the squad McLeish has already built, strengthening in most positions.
The Birmingham defence has been one of the main factors for the clubs success so far this season, with only Chelsea and Manchester United having a better defensive record in the league so far.
Despite this the left back position looks a position that could do with strengthening, with Liam Ridgewell currently occupying it at the moment as an emergency left back after injuries to David Murphy and Frank Queudrue.
The main downfall for the Birmingham team this season has been the lack of goals. Summer signing Christian Benitez has impressed on the pitch with his flair, but has only managed to find the back of the net twice all season.
This begs the question of whether Alex McLeish will try and bring in more firepower, and search for a proven goalscorer. However a proven scorer doesn’t come cheaply nowadays so this could take up a large amount of the transfer funds.
The Birmingham midfield has been solid all season, and has brought back the form of veteran players, Lee Bowyer and Barry Ferguson in the middle of the midfield, with the two forming a solid partnership.
But will McLeish be tempted to add more depth to the midfield with maybe a younger player. Someone with more creativity maybe, or even a defensive midfielder to bolster the strength it already has.
With the transfer budget promised for manager Alex McLeish in January, and with it being quite a hefty one, the question could also be on not who the manager signs, but how many players he signs.
If McLeish brings too many players into the club, would it ruin the squad harmony? And would the team gel? It has been known before for a team to bring in too many players and the team not to gel properly.
Only time will tell to see who McLeish brings in and what Birmingham fans can expect of the team after the transfer window.