It's fair to say Birmingham City have endured their fair share of hardship over recent seasons.
From the highs of the Blues in Europe to the lows of near relegation last season, the fans have stood by their club through thick and thin. It is also common knowledge what a good academy the club has and the highly rated players we had during our two most recent seasons in the Premier League.
But just how might the team have looked if they had retained these players? GMS contributor Jack Hughes gives us the run down:
On loan for one season from Man City, his performances for his club and country speak for themselves. He is someone the club desperately wanted to keep a hold of but it wasn’t meant to be. Hart himself has fond memories of his time at St. Andrew's.
Second in line to Hart for his national side, signed from Manchester United and helped the Blues win the League Cup back in 2011. A top quality 'keeper who was sold by the club after relegation in 2011.
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A bluenose himself, one of Alex McLeish’s most prominent signings, sold to Sunderland in the mist of relegation.
One of the Blues’ most iconic No.7s, always gave everything he had for the team and was a weekly fan favourite.
Signed in 2008 but kept out of the side in the Premier League by fellow defender Liam Ridgewell. However when Ridgewell was sold, Murphy played during the Europe campaign and was also considered to be the best left back outside the top flight in recent seasons. Unfortunately, the prime of his career was cut short due to a recurring knee injury.
A similar story to Murphy's, one of the best in his position outside the Premier League but also had to retire through knee ligament damage.
England’s supposed future No.1; a promising young 'keeper who looks destined for great things, unfortunately due to financial constraints at the club, Birmingham weren’t able to see him fulfil his potential and he and was sold to premier league club Stoke City in the January window of the 2012/13 season.
Another star quality winger who is also destined for great things. Second youngest player for the Blues behind club legend Trevor Francis. Massive fan favourite whose potential in a Blues shirt was also cut short after he was sold to Norwich last summer.
Showed a brief glimpse of what a talent he is in a Blues shirt. Once again his time at St. Andrew's was cut short due to predator clubs lurking about.
It seems a shame to think of all of the star talent the Blues produced that just got sold to bigger clubs for small fees. Hopefully the club are entering a new period where they won’t have to sell players for next to nothing and will able to build on the players coming up through the ranks such as Demarai Gray, Reece Brown and Koby Arthur.
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