Blog: Boys in Royal Blue 06/08/14
So our newly appointed Vice-Captain has jumped ship! Straight away lots of us nose`s immediately thought 'Here we go! Selling to line CY pockets again…..
This time the sale of one of our better players doesn`t feel as horrible as when our youth products such as Mutch, Redmond and Butland were practically given away to balance the books.
Adeyemi is a good player, he appeared 40 times and seemed to be pivotal to LC strategy last season, sure he wasn`t outstanding all season but we struggled last year and lots of players didn`t perform consistently enough.
Fact is very simple…..Blues turned down a offer for Adeyemi 4 weeks ago prior to his appointment as VC. In the last 3 seasons we haven`t turned down offers for any player. Adeyemi was a FREE transfer 12 months ago and would have been on a very low wage. He only had a two-year deal and was now entering the last year.
The player saw a few extra bucks at Cardiff and given that he has no real affinity to Birmingham City FC it is unfair to accuse him of any kind of 'disloyalty` or 'greed`, if Adeyemi had been a youth product or someone like Robbie Savage, who basically spat back in the face of the club and the fans, then I could almost tolerate a sense of ill feeling.
The player was here a season, he wanted to leave, he cost us nothing and Blues now have £1million+, add-ons and a sell on clause.
Now who knows what that money will be used for, maybe a replacement, although I doubt LC would be given a huge amount of it, maybe it will help toward stabling the books ahead of the sale of the club.
The point is that for once Blues seem to have sold on their own terms and could have easily dug their heels in and not sold Adeyemi at all.
Of course LC would not want an unhappy player here, especially when the squad seems to so balanced at present.
Another solid performance and win against Inverness completes a good build up to Boro on Saturday. LC says he knows what the 11 will be….although I suspect that Adeyemi would have been one of those eleven.
The highlight for me is the emergence and development of Reece Brown and Damarai Gray, Gray in particular who I believe to be better than Nathan Redmond was at the same stages in their careers. My opinion of course but Reece and Damarai have bright futures, hopefully with us, ahead of them.
Just to finish up, Blues launched their brand new App today and on first viewing seems to be a very good first edition. Decent links, up to date news, live twitter feeds etc……. The club do work very hard @ social media and should be applauded for all the innovative ways the communicate with supporters. From Youtube to Storify they have it all covered………
…………let`s just hope that from now on the news they will be giving us is all good news.
Keep Right On
This has been a blog instalment by Chris Edge, you can ask Chris questions in the comments and feel free to follow him on Twitter!
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