Two More Transfer Links

Posted on May 29, 2007 
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Blues have today been linked with two more players. Could they be the two players that were referred to in this article?

The first player is Charlton Athletic winger Jerome Thomas. A player, I must confess, that I kept getting confused with Cameron Jerome when we were first linked with Jerome upon our relegation last season. I’ll be absolutely beyond help should we actually sign Thomas and they play in the same side together.

Jerome Thomas is 24 years old and currently plays for Charlton Athletic. He started his career out with Arsenal where he made just three League Cup appearances, although he did win FA Youth Cup winners medals in both 2000 and 2001. He was shipped out on loan to Queens Park Rangers in early 2002 where he made 10 league appearances over the course of two loan periods. In February ‘04, Charlton Athletic paid £100,000 for the services of the player and he’s gone on to make 70 league appearances – bagging himself seven goals – primarily on the left wing for the Addicks.

The Charlton site (which, by the way, has to be one of the uglier official websites out there!) says that Thomas boasts “an array of tricks Paul Daniels can only dream of” and is “the offensive trump card in the Charlton pack.”

From what I’ve read elsewhere, Thomas can also deliver a good ball and may be able to go at least some way to providing the genuine width that we seem to have been missing since Jermaine Pennant decided to join Liverpool. Signing a talented winger will also free up Gary McSheffrey to play in his favoured position of striker, lessening the loss of the talented Nicklas Bendtner whose gone back to Arsenal.

Thomas has also represented England at Youth level, U20 level and England U21 level. This season, he made 24 appearances for Charlton and scored three times. He is yet to pick up a booking or red card.

Sounds like a fairly typical winger, then! Although on a serious note, Thomas ticks all the boxes. Young, hungry and talented. We could do worse for the reported £1.8m. Thomas has another year to run on his current contract with Charlton.

The other player Blues have been linked with is Stuart Parnaby

Parnaby is 24 years old and currently plays for Middlesbrough. He is primarily a right back and, barring a small loan spell at Halifax Town, has played all his career for Middlesbrough since turning professional in 2000.

Parnaby has racked up over 125 appearances for ‘Boro although his future looks far from certain. He is out of contract and already has been removed from the squads profile page on the official Middlesbrough website… if that’s not a sign of intent by ‘Boro, I don’t know what is!

This season he has made 21 appearances for Middlesbrough, picking up two yellows. Parnaby has represented England all the way up to U21 level, as captain on occasions. The one question mark over him could be his injury record. According to Wkipedia, he missed the whole of the ‘01/’02 season with injury and again missed 4 months of the ‘03/’04 season due to injury.

Honestly I don’t know too much about Parnaby. He seems to be struggling to break into the ‘Boro side and would probably have a job shifting Kelly here. Assuming that Bruce isn’t buying him to be first choice with the idea of switching Kelly over to left back should the signing of Paul Konchesky from West Ham United not happen… I sincerely hope this isn’t the case.

Or it could be that Bruce has finally worked out that you need natural cover for each position and is buying Parnaby to compete with Kelly for right back and nothing else. For free, we could do a lot worse.


12 Responses to “Two More Transfer Links”

  1. Keith on May 29th, 2007 6:26 pm

    Isn’t it great to be back in the Premiership. I just went to the Teamtalk site and found that we are now listed under Premiership, not Championship. That really makes me feel great.

    By the way, what do people think of Mikael Silvestre? I’m sure he’s available, and he can play left back or centre back. And he has pace and Premiership know how, and has a good fitness record.

    He can be a bit dodgy on occasion, and thats probably why he has lost his place at Man Utd, but if he played every week, I’m sure he’d regain some consistency.

  2. Ash on May 29th, 2007 7:46 pm

    I think Jerome Thomas would be a good signing, not sure about Parnaby hes very injury prone and if he aint good enough for middlesbrough then he aint good enough for blues. However if he is just for back up then on a free you cant really go wrong. To keith i think silveste is a little out of our league and wouldnt come to us, even though we are in the smae league lol

  3. lee stanley on May 29th, 2007 7:54 pm

    blues should sign scott carson and i am the best birmingham city fan eva come on u blues

  4. Barrington on May 29th, 2007 8:16 pm

    No to Parnaby, not sure about Thomas. McSheffrey got 16 goals from left wing last season. Let’s not mess up a winning formula. What I’ve seen of Thomas is OK but we should be signing a proven striker to go with our goalscoring leftwinger, not shifting our winger up front.

  5. rugbybluenose on May 29th, 2007 8:17 pm

    i migth be dreaming a bit but id love to see blues spend a bit and go and get gardner from spurs 1.5m ridgewell from the vile 2m djourou on loan thomas 1.8m koumas 4m richardson loan man utd jenson free tranfer nugent 6.5m and either vaz te bolton or a gamble on lua lua 2m total 13.8m

  6. Rob Field on May 29th, 2007 9:26 pm

    Rugbybluenose – You’ve got it all mapped out mate. I like some of your suggestions, I must say. Not too keen on getting any VILE players in though !!! But that’s me speaking from the heart. I do think that Ridgewell’s not too bad a player. It just pains me to think about having one of their lot come over to us. You know how pathetic they are?
    What makes you think that we can get Jenson from Man Utd on a free then ?
    I reckon Koumas will be off to Celtic for 5M. Paving the way for Jarosik to return to us. I know that there’s probably a lot of Bluenoses out there that probably wouldn’t be happy about that. Given that he illegedly refused to play in the last game of the season. But I personally think he’s a bit of class.
    I like the idea of Gardner from Sppurs as well. Good call mate.

    Keep right on…

  7. Ted on May 30th, 2007 12:39 am

    Gardner – good idea!

  8. lee stanley on May 30th, 2007 9:37 am

    lee stanley we should sign scott caron but hassilbank because he is 2 old we need a good goalie so scott carson will do the job gust some players who play in the england team will make you a good manerger sign me up

    [Edited by Aff] Don’t want to give information like that out, my friend!

  9. Keith on May 30th, 2007 10:14 am

    What is all this about Carson? What’s wrong with Doyle? I thought he was great! Surely Maik Taylor is the ideal no.2 to a young goalie like Doyle.

    He’d hate to be no. 2 again, and especially to a young keeper such as Carson.

    So please tell me, what’s wrong with Doyle?

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