Lee Boyer ‘here for the long term’ as Birmingham City tests hand for Ipswich Town striker

Welcome to Birmingham Live’s coverage of all things Birmingham City on Wednesday, 12 January.

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Lee Bauer insisted Birmingham City will come through their ‘sticky patch’ and expressed his desire to stay ‘long-term’ at St Andrews.

The 45-year-old ended his side from the FA Cup in humble fashion on Saturday as the Blues suffered a 1-0 loss to League One Plymouth Argyll without a shot on goal.

In fact his team has not won since 27 November – a run of five matches in which he has scored only four goals and he has to face a few weeks, with matches against the bottom three teams.

Boyer admits it is currently a struggle but maintains that the reasons that brought him first place in the Blues – and which saved the club from relegation nine months ago – still exist.

And he is more confident than a few weeks ago that he will be supported in the January transfer window.

He said: “I am a fighter and I know the reason I came here. I was going to have a fight to stay in the league and I still came.

“It is tough now, every time we step on the pitch it is tough.

“But I’m here for a long time, I want to be here. The reason I’m here is because I know the potential, I want to be the person who sees the club grow again.”

He said, ‘Yes, we are in trouble but we will overcome this, we all have to be together. Not only me, yes I am the main person on match day, but the player.

“We have had meetings and discussions and we are all still positive here. I think you saw last weekend, against a good QPR side, there wasn’t much of it, they had a little bit of quality in the last third, which was the difference of the day.

“If you think about how many guys we got out, we’re still fighting – but yeah, we’ll be fine.”

loan repayment

Birmingham City have recalled Zack Jacock from their loan spell with Salford City.

The 20-year-old has spent the first half of the season with the League Two outfit – but has played only four matches.

Three of them have come in the Papa John’s Trophy, their only league appearance coming in a 2–1 loss to Carlisle United in September.

He has since been Tom King’s back-up, at least until last Saturday when he was not involved against Newport County.

Jacock returns to boost goalkeeping options at the Blues, with Matija Sarkik’s loan ending prematurely due to a dislocated shoulder.

Le Bauer revealed last week that Sarkik has returned to Wolves and that Jacock will be brought back to add support for Neil Etheridge – who started last Saturday in their FA Cup defeat to Plymouth Argyll.

Connell Truman was on the bench and Boyer said he did not expect to bring another loan ‘keeper into the squad, with Jacock likely to stay with the Blues and train with Etheridge and Truman under coach Andy Marshall.


Birmingham City are keen to bring Manchester United youngster Amad Diallo to St Andrews.

on saturday evening, The Mirror reveals the desire for the blues To add a third combined player before moving the master Fabrizio Romano said on Sunday morning The deal was broken.

However, The Telegraph reported on Monday That the Blues have not given up hope and BirminghamLive understands that they do not consider the deal dead.

So what can Blues fans expect from the player who just a year ago made a €25 million transfer from Atalanta to Old Trafford.

Here’s what you need to know about him.

Who is he?

A young winger who arrived in Italy from Ivory Coast at the age of eight and made his debut in Boca Barco’s youth team, he was spotted by Atalanta, whom he joined in January 2015 – just 12 years old.

He came through the Atalanta youth set-up before playing four Serie A games and being sold to Manchester United in January 2021 for a deal worth up to €40m.

Two-Legged and Fast He plays primarily as a right-winger and cites Paul Pogba as his boyhood hero.

finishing touches

Amad was found playing in a youth tournament, his first competitive opportunity, and ended the event with the awards for best player and top scorer.

Denis Cerlini, head of youth at the small Emilian club Boca Barco, with whom Amad used to play, said transfermark In 2017: “It was impossible not to pay attention to Amad’s abilities.

“For his age, though not very tall, he had a fairly defined physical stature, but what impressed him most was the technical aspect: two-legged, refined touch, developed psychoanalysis. He hit the ball on the ground. kept and everyone jumped in like skittles.”

Atalanta showed interest in him, along with the likes of Juventus and Bologna.

Within a year he had helped Atalanta’s academy win the national title as he scored against Roma in the final.


Birmingham City have taken two youngsters on trial – both involved in a draw with Burnley Under 23 on Monday night.

Ipswich Town’s Colin Uppong played an hour before being replaced by Leo dos Rees, while Owen Humphries came in a double replacement for Keke Simmonds as Steve Spooner’s men went through with a point and a 1-1 draw.

The opposition is a striker who is set to leave Portman Road at the end of his contract later this month.

The Target Man of 6ft 3ins joined Ipswich from Cliftonville, Northern Ireland in January 2020 before securing a scholarship deal.

The 19-year-old has spent most of his time with Ipswich’s development squad, scoring twice in PDL 2 last campaign but on loan with Bury Town last season and Lowestoft Town this period.

Attacking midfielder Humphries has left Mangotsfield United for their Southern League rivals Larkhall Athletic.