Birmingham City sign Norwich Flyers as Blues fan protests ignite

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Birmingham City have signed Onel Hernandez on loan for the rest of the season.

The Cuban winger has joined Premier League outfit Norwich City, having spent the first half of the season on loan at Middlesbrough.

Hernandez has played 17 championship games for Borough this season, but only two starts since Chris Wilder took charge of the club in early November.

Prior to this he was a regular under the leadership of Neil Warnock, playing in a variety of positions on the left-hand side, but also at the front.

Although born in Cuba, Hernandez has actually played most of his football in Germany and joined Norwich from Eintracht Braunschweig in 2018.

He scored his first goal for the Canaries against the Blues on the first day of the 2018/2019 season, when he caused all sorts of problems to Kristian Pedersen.

They added a further seven after Norwich were promoted to the top flight.

gives a chuck

The Chucks have returned to Charlton Athletic eight months after leaving to join Birmingham City.

The 28-year-old has moved for an undisclosed fee, a reported £300,000, bringing an end to a tumultuous blues career.

Anke arrived from Vale on a free transfer in the summer, signing a two-year contract, but struggled to break into the first team.

The former Arsenal trainee scored only two goals and made only three starts, in fact 17 of his 18 championship performances came off the bench and he was only slightly behind Troy Deeney and Scott Hogan.

However, with Denny out for four weeks, the Blues are in dire need of reinforcement in another area of ​​the team and the Blues are working to address this.

Anke spent two years with Addix between 2019 and 2021, scoring 17 goals. He has also played for MK Dons and the Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem.

relay move

Chris Wilder has confirmed Middlesbrough will sign former Birmingham City loanee Riley McGree.

The Australian, who spent 14 months in the Blues but became only a significant part of the team in the last two, left St Andrews in the new year.

Celtic seemed set to return to parent club Charlotte before he would make sure to stay in the UK.

However, rumors of Middlesbrough’s interest began to surface a few weeks ago and the Riverside outfit moved to secure his signing.

Wilder confirmed as much when he told bbc radio teas : “We beat strong competition. We’ve definitely found an asset in signing Riley, and it’s yet to go through the final bits and pieces.

“He’s ambitious, he’s aggressive, wants to do well and he’s a winner. We’re pretty light on left-footers and relay two-man midfield at number ‘eight’ or ’10’, or as a left wing-back. can play as

“He’s very versatile, and a talented young player.”

McGree made 30 appearances for the Blues since joining them for the first time in October 2020. He struggled for game time under Etor Karanka – and initially under Lee Boyer – before capitalizing on Tahit Chong’s unfortunate injury.

master message

The stock of despair that filled the long-liquid, bitter dreams of Birmingham City fans finally broke its banks last night.

The hashtag #BSHLOUT was trending nationally, side by side with global stories like Prince Andrew and Liverpool and the Arsenal Carabao Cup semi-finals.

It is not everyone’s business to beat Arsenal in the League Cup.

For those who don’t know BSHL is an abbreviation for Birmingham City’s parent company – Birmingham Sports Holdings Limited, a faceless entity based in Hong Kong, which in turn is owned by even more faceless organizations registered in the British Virgin Islands.

In short, ownership of the blues is insanely opaque.

Its management record for the club is also quite poor. Worse.

Since the current regime formally took control in October 2016, the Blues finished in 19th, 19th, 17th, 20th and 18th place in the championship, somehow their second tier position with a series of final-day relegation dodges. protected.

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But this outpouring of anger isn’t just about the results, Blues fans have, for most of their pro-football life, usually suffered repetitive losses.

It is about the future of the city of Birmingham.

As well as fighting for survival, there have been eight permanent managers in five years, breaking financial rules, resulting in one point deductibles and huge turnover in players.

It’s fair to admit that the investment has been made, with over a dozen new players coming to the club in 2017 during Harry Redknapp’s tenure – and a similar number again in 2020, under Eter Karanka.

Millions have actually been spent on the team since 2016, with the club’s transfer records for Jota and Ivan Sunjic having been broken twice – and another seven points spent on Sam Cosgrove the year before.