Birmingham City have confirmed that Miguel Fernandez, who can play as a midfielder or forward, has signed for the club from UE Cornella.
This sees the 19-year-old Spaniard reunited with his former coach Xavi Calm, who is now working with the Blues’ U23s – where Fernandez will initially play.
He trained with Birmingham during pre-season and having impressed in some of the U23s’ behind-closed-doors fixtures, has been signed on a permanent basis.
What is perhaps curious about this deal is that Birmingham have only signed Fernandez for six months.
This makes his time in a blue shirt seem more like a trial period to prove himself as opposed to a permanent offer, though this is not the first time the club have given this kind of contract.
Michael Luyambula, Cameron McGilp and Francis Amartey have all been put in a similar situation to give the club an opportunity to assess them.
Fernandez has played “a handful” of first-team matches for Cornella, who play in Segunda Division B.
This is an intriguing approach from Birmingham and one that should carry low risk, with potentially high rewards.
Birmingham are perhaps lacking depth in the forward area, with only Alvaro Gimenez and Caolan Boyd-Munce acting as backup for Lukas Jutkiewicz, so if Fernandez impresses he could find himself a route towards the first-team, as well as a longer contract.
Birmingham fans, could there be a place in the senior squad for Fernandez in the future? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!
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