Lee Boyer addresses Harley Dean future as Birmingham City complete loan deal

Welcome to Birmingham Live coverage of the City of Birmingham on Saturday 8 January.

Boron Bound

Caolan Boyd-Munce has left Birmingham City to move to championship rivals Middlesbrough.

The 21-year-old has been a target of Borough for some time and could join Chris Wilder’s squad for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Mansfield.

He has made a two-and-a-half-year deal and moves on for an undisclosed fee.

It unveils a five-year blues career that began when he moved from Belfast to Birmingham on a scholarship and worked his way through West Hills Academy.

He has played nine times for the Blues – but not exactly this season, making his 2019 debut as a replacement for Jude Bellingham in the Carabao Cup defeat at Portsmouth.

His last first team appearance came in November 2020 out of a left-wing position, as Ettore Karanka’s team lost to Bournemouth.

Harley Latest

Le Bauer has confirmed that Birmingham City has been interested in club captain Harley Dean.

The central defender hasn’t played for the Blues since being transfer-listed, with Boyer revealing last month that he wants to move on from the 30-year-old.

Speaking after the loss at Blackburn before Christmas, the head coach cited Dean’s contract and the fact that he is not in the first team at the moment as reasons for the decision.

There have since been stories linking Dean with other clubs including Queens Park Rangers and speculation that he could be used as part of a deal to bring Kasi Palmer to St Andrews.

While Boyer did not comment on those specific rumours, he did acknowledge that there is a market for a seasoned, championship-proven center.

Boyer said: “He’s the kind of guy everyone knows the situation, we’ve said he can leave – and there’s an interest in Harley so we’ll see what happens.”

debut day

Le Bauer could make his Manchester United youngster Teden Mengi debut in this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Plymouth Argyle.

Earlier this week the 19-year-old Birmingham City signed for the first time in the transfer window after he agreed to be on loan for the rest of the season.

The deal has been confirmed by the Football Association and Mengi is on the verge of making an appearance for the first time – in both the Blues and the FA Cup.

It’s a signing that has pleased Boyer – and builds on the Blues’ positive relationship with an Old Trafford outfit.

“The experience Teden has had on loan before, it’s quick and powerful,” Boyer said. “He’s not bad on the ball, he wants to defend and is good at recovery.

“He will have to adjust his defense a little bit because I tell him to defend in a different way but I think it is a good signing and a positive.

“To get any of your experience through the door sooner than we did, [I have] Those above should be thanked for doing their job.”

The Blues’ ability to bring Mengi into the transfer window so early was helped to work alongside Tahit Chong – the attacking midfielder who had performed so well before injury that he was out for at least four months.

cup side

Le Bauer will field a mix of senior and young players in Birmingham City’s FA Cup match against Plymouth Argyll on Saturday.

The Blues boss is still reeling from injuries, with Mark Roberts, Lukas Jatkiewicz and Jordan Graham all unavailable.

However, the head coach confirmed that he would use Gary Gardner in central midfield, which the 29-year-old has played only once since 20 November.

He could partner Tate Campbell in the middle of the park, though the teen is also a substitute for Boyer’s dwindling defense.

“There will be people who need minutes to catch up, who have missed a lot of footballs,” Boyer said.

“Gary Gardner being the one, he had covid and he missed almost four weeks through suspension because he had a Saturday-Saturday-Saturday ban at the time.

“Then we canceled two games, so the Guards didn’t play much football for a long time and it showed physically over the weekend, which is his strength. He definitely needs a few minutes.

“Tate Campbell is someone I want to see, he’s training well with us but I can’t even tell you when he last played.

“He’ll probably get tired and have to get off but he’s the one I want to see because in training he definitely impresses me for a young boy.

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“I think this will be the right test for me. He’s going to be the one who’s starting out.

“job [Bellingham] Definitely going to be on the bench because of the numbers available to us.

“We have to weigh the state of the game, I don’t want to throw him under the bus.

“I stick to what I’ve said in the past, what we do with Jobe, we have to do it the right way. Of course I want to give him a little taste of it.

“He’s improving every day in training and I want to give him a little taste but it has to be the right time.”

donation deal

Birmingham City have secured a deal to bring in Taylor Richards on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 21-year-old has joined the Blues by the end of the season – and has become the club’s second loan signing of the week.

Just as Teden Mengye came in from Manchester United after Dion Sanderson returned to Wolves, Richards comes in as a direct replacement for the late Riley McGree.

He gives Lee Boyer much-needed depth in attacking areas and is likely to serve as number 10 while the Blues wait for Tahith Chong to recover from a long-term injury.

Richards moved to Fulham and then spent four years in the City youth set-up before relocating to Brighton for a reported £2.5million in July 2019.