Birmingham City summer agenda must include deal for 100% successful player against Barnsley: opinion
Birmingham City lost 1-0 at the High Flyers Barnsley Championship over the weekend, thanks to a categorical lens from Daryl Dike.
The American pulled past Neil Etheridge to give Barnsley what was a close win at the end. Barnsley took 6th place with their seventh consecutive championship victory, while the Blues remain 21st.
It wasn’t a terrible display from Birmingham City, but it wasn’t the one that justified anything on either side of the league at Barnsley – one player continues to garner attention, however, Rekeem Harper .
The man on loan from West Brom has now featured nine times in the league for the Blues, having started the last six at center midfield.
Against Barnsley, Harper attempted two tackles and made them both (2nd most tackles of any player that day) and had a 67% hit rate (the highest of the day) according to Who scored, in another performance that went under the radar.
The 21-year-old has looked like the Blues’ best player at times and at other times he has looked tired and inexperienced. But perhaps his time in St Andrew so far can best be summed up in this tweet:
Thoughts of yesterday #bcfc:
Harper looks like a tidy little player or as if he had his foot amputated and replaced with a pitching wedge.
If Roberts weren’t making long throws I’d like him.
Harlee Dean is a terrible captain.
Juke doesn’t even win headers anymore.
– D_A_N (@GameStarterMan) March 7, 2021
Either way, Harper certainly has the potential to become a quality player for Birmingham City.
The question remains whether or not West Brom would be interested in letting him go this summer with Sam Allardyce’s side facing relegation to the Championship, and which they will likely want Harper to return to the Hawthorns on.
On the other hand, if Birmingham City remain in the league this season, they could put some money aside to try and tempt West Brom to sell the midfielder, who appears to be enjoying his first-team role at the club.
She is a replacement player at West Brom, but at Birmingham he is one of the first names on the roster and if the club had a permanent transfer clause in their contract fans would no doubt love to see her activated.
But a lot has to fall into place for Harper to become a permanent figure at St Andrew’s, and with a relegation battle to fight foremost.