First summer signing will tell us two things about Birmingham City in League One

The appointment of Chris Davies as manager has got the recruitment wheels rolling at Birmingham City.

More players have been linked with the club in the three days since Davies signed up than in the three weeks prior to his arrival. That isn’t to say that any of these players will come to Blues, but the noise does usually mean that phone calls and enquires are being made.

Blues have an enormous rebuild on their hands following relegation to League One. Ten players have already departed the club and we can safely presume that others will follow them through the exit door.

It gives Davies, and the club’s recruitment team, the exciting opportunity to build a side in the manager’s image. When announcing Davies’ appointment, chief executive Garry Cook commented: “Known for his excellent man management skills, he will now focus on building a Championship ready squad in League One.”

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That is quite the statement. Blues will have the biggest budget in League One and they expect to win promotion at the first attempt. But, realistically, what calibre of player can they expect to attract? The first signing Blues make should tell us a lot.

It will show us how ambitious they are. Are they planning to compete for Championship players in League One? To do that they will need to offer at least Championship-level salaries, maybe higher to convince players to drop down a level.

For instance, how do you convince Scott Twine – who is among those being linked with the club – to ignore the allure of Championship clubs for a season in League One? If money isn’t the motivation, which it isn’t for everyone, then ‘the project’ will have to do a lot of the heavy lifting.

Blues’ ambition is something that will draw players in. Thanks to the investment of Knighthead, St Andrew’s will be the best stadium in League One next season by some distance. Then there is the promise of a new stadium and a ‘Sports Quarter’.

In Davies, Blues have a coach who has seen what excellence looks like at clubs of the ilk of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Throw the name of seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady into the mix and you could see why Blues might be a more attractive proposition than some Championship clubs.

You have to marry up that ambition with pulling power. On the face of it, Blues have both, but only time will tell whether Championship quality footballers feel the same.

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