Alex McLeish has turned around Birmingham City’s fortunes of late and Birmingham now have a Carling Cup final at Wembley to look forward to.
There has been a lot of comings and goings at St. Andrew’s this season and this is expected to continue as the manager uses the Chinese owners money to progress.
Here at COS we give Alex McLeish a hand in weeding out the dead wood.
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The veteran goalkeeper has had his day. Now Birmingham have a quality goalkeeper in Ben Foster why keep a 39-year-old on your books when his wages could be used to blood a new shot-stopper? He has played more games for Northern Ireland than for Birmingham. Unlucky Northern Ireland!
Another veteran with his best days behind him. His experience gets him out of a lot of trouble but he is basically a thug. Anyone quicker than him he will just kick. Bring in a youngster who can get forward as well as back and Birmingham City fans will see an instant improvement from their team.
Brought in on-loan from Olympiakos but even from his Blackburn days it was obvious he was never cut out for Premier League football. Surely McLeish will have the sense not to make this deal permanent. Even on a free the 24-year-old is not worth it.
Once again a veteran with his glory days a thing of the past. He may have an eye for goal but so will a younger version who will give his manager more running than five minutes at the end of a game. Birmingham need goals and Phillips will not score 10 goals a season.
Has had a hard task this season, often being played up front, on his own and with very little support. But Birmingham need more goals and that responsibility lies with him. He does not look like a 20-goal-a-season player so why bother keeping him? Sell him and bring in a top striker.