Birmingham City published an article noting the contrast between previous transfer windows and the one that has just ended, which saw departures but no arrivals. It quoted Steve Cotterill as saying, “So sometimes actually cutting your squad can work for you as well. The balance there now – even though we haven’t brought anybody in – is better than it had been.”
It helps that the team is playing better. If the previous abysmal form had continued, the lack of transfers in would have led to howls of protest and despair from fans. And no new arrivals does seem better than the seemingly random selection signed in the summer, which resulted in rancour in the dressing room.
I have no idea what Steve Cotterill wanted or who makes the decisions about transfers. That seems to be common in football clubs these days. An article by David Conn said, “Supporters are not told how much money agents make on deals or what work they did to secure it but there is a growing recognition among clubs and governing bodies that the role of agents is out of control.”
I have deleted five departed first team players from my cheat sheet and have listed the departures below, with brief notes on where they went.
Liam Walsh was loaned from Everton but only made three appearances for Blues and went back to train with Everton in November. He signed for Bristol City in January.
David Cotterill left in December after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent. He now plays for ATK of the Indian Super League.
Stephen Gleeson left on a free transfer and signed for Ipswich Town.
Emilio Nsue was sold to Cypriot club APOEL.
Nicolai Brock-Madsen has been loaned to Polish side KS Cracovia until the end of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent.
Ronan Hale, 19 year old striker, has joined Derry City, a League of Ireland Premier Division side, on an international loan until June 2018.
Viv Solomon-Otabor, a young midfielder, has had his loan to Blackpool extended to the end of this season.
Dan Scarr, an under 23s defender, has had his loan at Wycombe Wanderers extended to the end of the season.
Olly Mulders, a young midfielder, has had his loan to Mickleover Sports extended to the end of this season.
Matthew Timms joined Sutton Coldfield Town on a youth loan from from 26 January – 26 February 2018.
Daniel Cleary left after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent.