It was less than a year ago when James McFadden sent the Tartan Army delirious, after his thirty-yard strike was enough to give Scotland a 1-0 win away to France in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. Despite his international heroics, ‘Faddy’ continued to struggle holding down a first-team place at Everton and a transfer to Birmingham City ensued. However, very few could envisage that the Scottish forward would be starting next season in the Championship.
Nevertheless, the Birmingham Mail reveals that the striker is happy to fight for his place and the cause at St Andrews, with no Premier League club seemingly interested in buying him. It means that the Blues have a healthy-looking strikeforce when you consider that the likes of Cameron Jerome and Kevin Phillips are also at the club.
“I’ve come back and I’ve not really had much thought about it to be honest.
“I’ve had speculation in every transfer window when I was at Everton and I have learned to deal with it.
“Unless there is something I need to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to, then I don’t really need to speak about anything at the minute.
“I’m here, I’m fighting for the cause and I think the fans can see that I am here, so that should be enough.”
Bluenoses must be delighted that the wee Scot has decided to stick around, will his decision be vindicated when Brum get promoted in May, with the club better-prepared for an assault on the Premier League? McLeish is certainly not short of firepower ahead of the new campaign, will Faddy be a first-team regular?