UK time is: 03:24:49
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Bruce's 6-pack

Andrew Cole's comments to the press in the last few days indicates that he is still up for a footballing fight.

His arrival at St Andrew's has caused a degree of surprise amongst fans, many of whom were expecting a defender or attacking midfielder to be the more likely to be secured on loan.

He was quick to point out that he would rather play than warm the bench, opting to drop down a division rather than be left on the sidelines at Portsmouth, where he has started only a handful of games this season.

At 35, Cole is set to be Birmingham's senior striking statesman compared to the array of youth that could join him at the front of the pitch.

He could possibly teach them a thing or two; in his career so far he has won every club footballing competition available to an English player. He also has the skill and guile that a long career at a high level provides.

His arrival will have posed a interesting selection dilemma for Steve Bruce as Birmingham now have almost an embarrassment of riches in the forward department.

However, goals have been thin on the ground since Christmas, prompting this foray for an experienced striker in the loan market to help Blues in their final push for an automatic promotion place.

With only McSheffrey unavailable for selection on Sunday, there are a number of options available.

Cameron Jerome was an unused substitute for the England Under-21s in the week, so is fresh and could be a good foil for Cole's experience.

Rowan Vine has both strength and speed in his armoury and could also be a good choice.

As Nicklas Bendtner played for Denmark in their game against Germany on Wednesday night, resting him might be appropriate, but he could still make a useful contribution coming off the bench. Scoring for his country might also be the catalyst to get him back on the scoresheet for Birmingham.

DJ Campbell, who might feel that he has been unlucky in not contrbuting more in recent games (particularly considering his goals to minutes played ratio) could also figure on Sunday, but is more likely to be a substitute.

Of the strikeforce available to Steve Bruce, Mikael Forssell is probably not likely to feature, having been left out of the sixteen against West Brom last Sunday.

Whoever makes the first eleven against Coventry will have a fight on their hands, as Iain Dowie has put them into a good vein of form since he took over. They are now showing signs of good organisation and are scoring goals too. Sunday promises to be a good game.

Match preview to follow on Saturday.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 28 2007

Time: 11:51PM

Your Comments

Loads of experience to pass on, not a bad short term signing at all, also might still feel he has a poitn to prove, if not I'm sure he isn't short of a penny or two, so he'd have no reason to keep playing.
CrawlingKingSnake
Just because Andy Cole's been brought in it doesn't mean you won't get a defender or attacking midfielder as well!
ROversNaith
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Scout Focus: Leeds United (Thursday April 24 2014)

Birmingham Injury Update (Thursday April 24 2014)

Match Day Poll: Birmingham Host Leeds (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Opinion: Players Out Of Position (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Switching On Is The Problem says Burke. (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Macheda Looking To Stay In England. (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Blackburn Bully Birmingham 4-2 (Tuesday April 22 2014)

Stats: Blues v Blackburn Rovers (Monday April 21 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Birmingham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Charlton 43 11 12 20 -23 45
19. Doncaster 44 11 11 22 -28 44
20. Millwall 44 10 14 20 -29 44
21. Birmingham 43 11 10 22 -13 43
22. Blackpool 44 10 13 21 -27 43
23. Barnsley 44 9 12 23 -30 39
24. Yeovil 44 8 13 23 -26 37

Breaking League News

McAllister Not Ready To Hang His Boots Up Yet
Yeovil : 24/04/2014 23:11:00
Boss takes blame
Middlesbrough : 24/04/2014 22:49:00
Pearson - Now For 100 Points
Leicester City : 24/04/2014 22:44:00
Schmeichel - End The Season Like Champions
Leicester City : 24/04/2014 22:32:00
Beevers - We Can Get Three QPR Points
Millwall : 24/04/2014 22:11:00
DRFC Doncaster Rovers v Reading Team News
Doncaster : 24/04/2014 22:11:00
Richardson Hoping For Permanent Deal
Ipswich : 24/04/2014 22:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Birmingham v Leeds 26 April 2014
Suggested By:  
Home win 30%
Draw 14%
Away win 56%