Pep Clotet has revealed he feels Birmingham City missed Jefferson Montero during their 3-0 loss against Swansea City, as reported by The Birmingham Mail.
The Ecuadorian was not allowed to play during the match, seeing as he is on loan from the Swans and Blues’ caretaker manager felt that his side could have used the new man’s attacking threat.
Speaking after the game, Clotet said: “We could not use Montero today, he has the pace, because Swansea didn’t allow it.
“He has the pace that would have been very good today. Attacking options – you never have enough because you always want to get more chances and score more goals.
“My work needs to be to get the best out of the resources we have.”
Birmingham struggled to get any sort of creative spark going during the game, as they failed to get a single shot on target, had just 26.2% of possession, completed four dribbles and made a combined four key passes to Swansea’s nine, as per WhoScored.
Montero has played just 10 minutes in a blue shirt so far, which came at the end of the 2-0 win against Barnsley, but he did highlight he can be the man to bring that creativity to Birmingham’s play.
For example, in those 10 minutes, he completed three dribbles, just one less than his new teammates combined to make against Swansea, while he also showed there can be an end product in his game by making one key pass.
Clotet was right in suggesting that Birmingham missed Montero, as he likely would have given Blues an outlet that could transfer some of the pressure back onto Swansea.
However, the Ecuadorian’s absence wasn’t the only reason behind the big scoreline so there are more things to work on than ensuring Montero is on the pitch. After all, seeing just 26.2% possession of the ball, the Birmingham team as a whole really struggled to get into the game.
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