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In Focus: Birmingham City

8 September 2017

Norwich City are back in action on Saturday after the international break when they host Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City at Carrow Road.

Both sides had busy transfer windows, with the Blues especially busy right up until the deadline, so here’s what to expect from City’s opponents at the weekend.

Summer signings
With Redknapp in charge of footballing matters at St. Andrews, it was bound to be a busy deadline day for Birmingham fans and there was no surprise when the club signed four new players, taking their tally for the window to 14.

Perhaps the most high-profile of their deadline day additions was Spanish playmaker Jota who joined from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Brentford.

The 26-year-old was signed for a club-record fee after impressing during his time at Griffin Park, despite injuring ankle ligaments in 2015 and spending time out on loan at La Liga club Eibar.

Redknapp has also added Premier League experience to his squad. Craig Gardner rejoined from rivals West Bromwich Albion, Carl Jenkinson moved on loan from Arsenal and youngsters Cohen Bramall, Jeremie Boga, Sam Gallagher and Liam Walsh are all looking to make a name for themselves during their temporary spells.

David Stockdale is their new number one goalkeeper after joining on a free from Brighton and Hove Albion, joining Marc Roberts, Harlee Dean, Jason Lowe, Maxime Colin and Jota as additions that played in the Championship last season.

Canary connections
There’s a whole host of connections between the two clubs with one of the most recent being Canaries’ play-off final goalscorer Nathan Redmond.

The winger, now at Premier League side Southampton, joined City for £2 million in 2013 after playing 82 times for Birmingham.

Redmond made 123 appearances in a yellow and green shirt scoring 13 times. His most memorable moment was arguably giving City a two-goal lead as they earned promotion to the Premier League with a win over Middlesbrough in the 2015 play-off final.

Other notable connections include current City striker Cameron Jerome who played for Birmingham between 2006 and 2011. Jerome scored 42 goals for the Blues in his five-year stint at St. Andrews.

Meanwhile, Tom Adeyemi, a youth product of the Norwich City academy, joined Birmingham in 2013. He now plays for local rivals Ipswich Town.

Previous meeting
On 28 January, Birmingham visited Carrow Road looking for some urgent points as they aimed to survive relegation to League One.

City on the other hand had gathered some momentum in front of their home fans after a string of games unbeaten and former Birmingham man Jerome gave the Canaries an early lead.

Timm Klose doubled the advantage just before half-time, spectacularly heading the corner flag as part of his celebration, and 2-0 was how the match ended.

Birmingham ending up avoiding relegation on the final day of the season.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: David Stockdale, Tomasz Kuszczak
Defenders: Emilio Nsue, Jonathan Grounds, Marc Roberts, Maxime Colin, Harlee Dean, Cohen Bramall, Carl Jenkinson, Josh Dacres-Cogley, Michael Morrison, Corey O’Keeffe, Paul Robinson, Wes Harding
Midfielders: Craig Gardner, Cheikh Ndoye, Jacques Maghoma, Jeremie Boga, Jason Lowe, David Cotterill, David Davis, Jota, Stephen Gleeson, Liam Walsh
Forwards: Lukas Jutkiewicz, Isaac Vassell, Che Adams, Sam Gallagher, Nicolai Brock-Madsen

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