JUST IN: Birmingham City should be more ambitious amid new player transfer link

Birmingham City has been linked with Aynsley Pears, but they should be more aggressive when it comes to finding a goalkeeper.

Pears keen to make most of home games ahead of Norwich test - Yahoo Sport

 

The first name to be linked with a move to the club is current Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Aynsley Pears, who is well-known to Birmingham boss Tony Mowbray.

The Blues were expected to be busy in the January transfer window, but that did not happen because the club had recently parted ways with Wayne Rooney.

However, the club’s new owners may be ready to make some substantial changes in the summer as Mowbray attempts to shape the team into his vision.

Obviously, the club must ensure that they maintain their Championship position before focusing on the summer, but if everything goes as planned, the Blues might be major investors in the summer.

Pears appears to be someone the club considers signing in the summer, since changes are expected throughout the squad, particularly in the goalkeeping department.

Birmingham City interested in Aynsley Pears

According to journalist Alan Nixon, Birmingham City are trying to acquire a new goalkeeper this summer, and Blackburn’s Aynsley Pears is a potential target.

The Blues are set to hunt for a new goalkeeper, as existing choices John Ruddy and Neil Etheridge both be out of contract this summer.

As a result, depending on what happens to Ruddy and Etheridge, the club may prioritize the acquisition of a new goalkeeper.

According to Nixon, Pears is a present option for Birmingham, and Mowbray is aware of him, having bought him from Middlesbrough for Blackburn in 2020.

The article also adds that the Lancashire club would be willing to transfer the goalkeeper if a suitable offer came in, despite the fact that the 25-year-old is now the club’s first choice goalkeeper.

Birmingham should be more ambitious when it comes to signing a new goalkeeper

It’s understandable that Mowbray would want to sign Pears because he knows him from previous employment.

However, Pears’ tenure at Blackburn under the current Birmingham boss was not particularly successful, as he hardly appeared for the team until last season.

The 25-year-old was brought to the club and primarily acted as a backup option, particularly under Mowbray. He appeared nine times for the team in the league, cup, and Premier League 2 in his first two seasons before being given a regular chance last season under Jon Dahl Tomasson.

Pears has become Blackburn’s number one goalkeeper since the middle of last season and continues to remain so this season.

The 25-year-old was out for much of the season but returned to the starting lineup once he was fully healthy. According to SofaScore.com, Pears has started all bar one of the games in which he has been available this season, keeping two clean sheets.

The goalkeeper has averaged 3.3 saves per game, accounting for 67% of the 52 saves he has made this season. However, Pears is now conceding 1.6 goals per game, for a total of 26 this season.

Pears’ goal-preventive stat is at -3.55, but the goalkeeper has done well on penalties, saving one of the two he has faced. Furthermore, the goalie has been accurate with his passing, averaging 69% per game, which has resulted in 0.1 critical passes, according to SofaScore.com.

The Blackburn goalkeeper has done well since being promoted to first choice last season, but given Birmingham’s predicted ambition in the summer and the money they may have available, you would expect them to chase a much higher-profile goalkeeper.

There is no doubt that Pears has established himself as a very competent goalkeeper at this level, but Birmingham might potentially do better with what they have. While Mowbray did not play for Pears during his tenure at Ewood Park, it may be pointless to return for a player you disliked at a prior team.

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