After a recent change of form, new Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett has now had a bit of time to assess his squad of players and get to know them individually face to face. ]
The international break could prove to be a constructive period for the Blues, as it will allow the manager an extra two or so weeks to asses who he feels deserves a place in his starting eleven – it is a chance for him to consult with his staff and find out what everybody’s strengths and weaknesses are.
Assessing the squad
Newcomer Michael Morrison has impressed over the last two weeks with convincing performances against Wolves, Watford and Cardiff thus far – Morrison was Rowett’s first signing as Blues manager and looks to have already made a name for himself in the Championship.
After falling out of favour at Charlton recently, and with Birmingham being notoriously short at the back, the manager saw fit to bring him in on a short term basis to calm everything down. So far he has proved to be a tremendous acquisition.
As well as the players Rowett has selected, the question that is being asked, and has been for some time now is; where is Mitch Hancox?
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The talent young left-back made a name for himself last season after the retirement of David Murphy and the transition from full-back to centre-half for captain Paul Robinson. These changes last season meant that Hancox was able to step up and show what he could do – with him already being a massive bluenose himself, he was an instant fan favourite from the word go.
I, like many others fans, am a big admirer of the left back and can’t understand why we haven’t seen him in or even around the team. After the retirement of Murphy I thought for sure the coveted No.3 jersey would be passed onto Mitch. However, with the summer signing of current first choice left back Jonathan Grounds, Hancox's prospects have taken a serious knock.
There were initial reports that emerged late last season that Lee Clark wasn't even including him in training with the first team, but under new reign Gary Rowett, he will be hoping his luck will change – as a fan I hope we see him involved more as I think he is a quality young prospect with a lot to offer not just on the pitch but in the dressing room as well.
The rest of Rowett’s squad are still learning the kind of philosophy he is trying to inject into the club since his arrival and the break may prove a positive one. Hopefully the players are given a chance to challenge for respective places in the team and come the next fixture against Rotherham they are fired up and raring to go.