Birmingham City have a new transfer priority after addressing three positions

Birmingham City are searching for their fifth signing of the summer transfer window a month out from the League One kick-off.

Blues have made a strong start to the window under new manager Chris Davies with the acquisitions of Ryan Allsop, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Alfie May and Emil Hansson. Davies has already called for patience as Blues search for players who they can carry for the next few years.

He said: “We are being proactive and we are getting business done to bring players in to help us, but at the same time we need to understand it’s going to take time to assemble the squad that’s going to be, not just a squad that stays with us for one season, but hopefully two or three.”

But what should be Blues’ priority now? Our writers have outlined the area they believe is most pressing for Davies and the club’s recruitment team.

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Alex Dicken

Blues have gone about their business in the right order. Sorting out the goalkeeping department after the exits of John Ruddy and Neil Etheridge was paramount. Given the way Blues want to play from now on, everything starts with the goalkeeper and it was shrewd to prioritise that position before the others.

Signing May was also important. Yes, he is 31 and hasn’t played in the Championship, but Blues have almost guaranteed a source of goals by poaching one of League One’s best marksmen. Emil Hansson, meanwhile, is a luxury Blues can afford in the area of the pitch where they are most well stocked.

There is only one area where Blues are very light and that’s at centre-back. Blues only have one out-and-out centre-back in Dion Sanderson as we’re still not certain where Davies sees Krystian Bielik moving forward.

Blues made an attempt to rectify their defensive shortage with a move for Mike Eerdhuijzen but that deal fell through. The profile of Eerdhuijzen – a 6ft 4in, left-footed centre-back who is comfortable in possession – is perfect.

He isn’t the only player of that type and Blues will no doubt be scouring the market for an alternative. In my view, that is the player they should sign next.

Brian Dick

Two Championship standard goalkeepers, the league’s leading scorer and a genuinely exciting winger from the Eredivisie – it’s been a good start. But a start is all it has been and one position above all others stands out as needing attention. Centre-back.

Marc Roberts has gone, Emanuel Aiwu won’t be coming back, the departure Kevin Long a mistake in a litany of mistakes that belong in a closed chapter. All of which leaves Dion Sanderson and his rehabilitation in the eyes of Blues fans and not much else in the middle of the defence.

At least not if you are either sceptical Krystian Bielik will remain at the club or will be deployed at centre half. He’s currently listed as a midfielder on Blues’ website. Links with Connor Goldson – who has caught Steven Gerard’s eye in Saudi – probably won’t bear fruit but they at least suggest Blues are looking for an experienced, no-nonsense centre-back, and so they should be.

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