According to Birmingham Live, Garry Monk is planning a shuffle to his first team before tonight’s League Cup journey to Reading.
Managed correctly, cup games can be a chance to generate momentum in a team, and that will be what Monk will hope after a winless start to the Championship season.
In line for a start are goalkeeper Lee Camp, defenders Wes Harding and Marc Roberts, midfielder Gary Gardner and forward Omar Bogle.
This is a mixed bag of replacements by Monk. On one hand, the inclusion of players like Camp seems like an odd one. Monk has opted for Connal Trueman between the sticks so far this season. Overlooking the 22-year-old for unpopular veteran signing Camp may not excite Birmingham fans.
On the other hand, the inclusion of Omar Bogle and promising talent Wes Harding is more positive by Monk. Bogle will be seeking to prove himself in the Championship, and Reading will be a great opportunity to display his talents. These two inclusions show that Monk is keen to rotate his squad, but also wants to create a winning atmosphere in the club.
The injection of youth and energy in the team could be what Birmingham have been lacking this season. Monk will be hoping these players will revive his team and kickstart them to a successful season. But changing a team too much can result in a disjointed performance, which can further damage the team, if they fall to a large defeat.
The Blues currently sit in 19th in the Championship, after a draw and a loss in their opening two fixtures.
Monk and Birmingham fans alike will hope that tonight is the night that the Blues’ season lights up. He has made some exciting changes, and now will be desperate for them to deliver.