This morning Birmingham City confirmed the list of players that have been released and those who have signed a new deal. In this article we are going to take a look at some of the players in involved.
Geraldo Bajrami and Joe Redmond = To see the u23’s centre back pairing both be released definitely came as a shock to most Blues fans. Bajrami has already made a few first team appearances for Blues, and looked bright in all of them so it is unusual that he wasn’t offered a deal. Joe Redmond was the captain of the u23’s and will certainly also feel like he deserved a new deal.
Ryan Burke, Jack Concannon, Miguel Fernandez, Jayden Reid and Remeao Hutton = This quintuplet of players all have struggled to make a big impression on the first team and are less surprising to see get released than Bajrami and Redmond. Loan deals for Jayden Reid never really caught the eye of Bluenoses. Not particularly shocking to see this group released.
Dan Crowley = Crowley is certainly an unusual case at Blues. There was plenty of excitement when he signed under Pep Clotet. There were plenty of times in the 2019/20 season where he appeared to be one of the most creative players on the pitch. He definitely appeared to have the quality of a top championship player.
He just couldn’t get going under Karanka and only made 4 appearances before January where he went on loan to Hull. Things didn’t get any better for Crowley at the Tigers. Starting just 1 of the last 15 games and only collecting one assist in his time in league one.
Josh Dacres-Cogley and Jon Toral = These two have both been pretty consistent backups for the season. JDC has been at the club for many years now and I don’t think it’s very fair to say he isn’t good enough to be a backup right back for us. Toral has shown glimpses of his quality, especially his brace against Reading. However, he fell down the pecking order considerably when Alen Halilovic gained fitness. I think most fans were expecting Toral to be released.
Ivan Guzman and Agus Medina = I don’t think these decisions come as much of a shock either. Both signed a couple of seasons ago from sister club UE Cornella and have spent pretty much all their time on loan or with the 23’s. Medina has looked impressive in Spain this season, including a shock knockout win over Atletico Madrid in the Copa Del Rey. But he probably hasn’t done enough to earn a new deal.
Steve Seddon = Seddon has finally been handed his breakthrough at Birmingham City. He has played in a decent amount of the fixtures since Lee Bowyer took over and although he hasn’t lived up to the hope yet, he does have the potential and it was worth triggering the contract extension.
Charlie Lakin = Lakin has been fairly impressive in his loan spell in Scotland. The midfielder has bagged 5 goals in 21 appearances for the Scottish side and played an important role in their survival push.
Tate Campbell and Leo Dos Reis have also signed new deals.
Alen Halilovic = Probably the most pleasing news of the morning was that Halilovic had been offered a new deal and his representatives are in negotiation with Blues. Hopefully it all comes together and the Croat remains at the club for the future.
Ryan Stirk = Although not as talked about as Halilovic for obvious reasons, it is also worth noting that Stirk has been offered a deal. The deep midfielder has been the most impressive of the youngsters in the last two games. If he signs the deal, you would imagine he will have a notable part to play in next seasons campaign.