This could be his time, couldn’t it? With David Stockdale on his way and Lee Camp getting no younger, it seems that now is the perfect time for Garry Monk to blood Connal Trueman. Birmingham City’s first pre-season game is just under two months away and that tie against Bristol Rovers seems the perfect opportunity to utilise Trueman ahead of a potential campaign as the first choice between the sticks.
Having joined the club’s academy in 2007, Trueman is well and truly a blue. He should fancy his chances of going one better than he did last season and not just starting the first two games of the season, but potentially games beyond that too, making him a regular starter.
The 23-year-old has starred in the under-23s in previous years and featured on the first-team bench in stages during recent campaigns, but provided the Blues do not move for another goalkeeper, Trueman could make the number one position his own.
Not only is he at a good age to make the step up, having played second fiddle to Camp throughout the season, he will have learned a lot from the experienced veteran and it will have only benefitted him being in the match-day environment week-in-week-out.
More to the point, he has the necessary quality to do so. Trueman is an adept shot-stopper with solid distribution so adapting showcasing his talent in the Championship should not come as too much of an issue.
Granted, he may need a little time to find his feet having been yet to complete a full season as a regular in senior football, but once he does adapt, it could prove to be a fantastic decision by Monk to enable him to finally make the step up.
Not only would Birmingham have a talented ‘keeper for the current time, but they would also have one with the potential to really excel at St Andrew’s and possibly be a key figure at the Blues for years to come as the side tries to make its way back to the play-off spots.
Blues, how excited are you about the youngster? Think he’s got potential? Join the discussion by commenting below…