The New Season: What the Bloggers Say – Birmingham

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8th, August 2007

brumbadge.jpg Hotly tipped to struggle this year, Birmingham are in the same boat that all newly promoted team find themselves in. Still, that won’t dampen the spirits of Brum fans. So, let’s have a peak on the terrace and see what a Birmingham blog has to say for itself concerning the new season.
Introduce yourself…
My name if Aff, I support Birmingham City and I run www.joysandsorrows.co.uk
Looking forward to the new Premier League season?
With the amount of signings we’ve made, we’re all reasonably confident. The defence still needs a bit of work but providing Steve Bruce can sort that out, we could comfortably finish mid-table. The last time we were in the Premiership, we were light up front, had no plan ‘B’ and also had a nightmare start to the campaign with just one win coming from our first 12 games, and even that was away. Our form at home was dreadful. With so many players coming in, it’s about seeing how well they bed in. Signs in pre-season have been good and the squad definitely have a togetherness. I’ll go for a decent start and a 14th placed finish.


What do you think of your transfer activity this summer?
Steve Bruce’s mantra seems to be ‘young and hungry’ since we were relegated. Last season he assembled a squad that weren’t exactly proven but who worked for each other and have a burning desire to succeed and prove something. He’s carried on that sort of thing throughout the
summer and exciting arrivals such as Kapo, De Ridder and even O’Connor and Ghaly as well as a rapidly recovering Mikael Forssell have provided much needed enthusiasm after a disappointing end to last term with missing out on the Championship title.
We still desperately need a left back and a centre half. I assume both of these positions will be filled and just today we’ve been linked with Franck Queudrue of Fulham. I’d take him as well as possibly Johan Djourou on loan from Arsenal or Liam Ridgewell on a permanent deal from the Villa.

Who do you think will make the biggest mark in the squad?
We’re all hoping for Kapo to be something special but he’ll take time to settle in to the English style, I think. Mikael Forssell has been banging them in pre-season and the reports of the ‘old’ Mikael Forssell have been coming thick and fast and so we’re all really hoping for a 15+ haul from him this term. The new signings are all pretty exciting and considering the alleged budget of £10-12m at the beginning of the summer, I think

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