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The 18-year-old that must be on Garry Monk’s radar

The 18-year-old that must be on Garry Monk’s radar

Birmingham under-23s are just two games into the Professional Development League, and one player is already starting to turn heads. 

Odin Bailey is the 18-year-old that looks to have a very bright future, be it at Birmingham, or even in the Premier League.

The Blue has found the back of the net in both games this season, in a 3-1 victory over Watford under-23s and a 2-2 draw with Charlton under-23s, which must have attracted attention from Birmingham boss Garry Monk.

Birmingham haven’t had the greatest start to their 2017/18 Championship campaign, only managing two draws. The Blues have struggled to score so far, securing two goals, with their strikers coming under fire.

This is where Bailey would be a great asset to the team. Playing in the number 10 role, the youngster will be able to sit behind Lukas Jutkiewicz or Omar Bogle, providing either striker with the service that they will require. He can create the link between the midfield and the attack; a role that has been missing this season. However, he will also be able to chip in with a number of goals which will no doubt be beneficial to Monk.

With a transfer embargo on the club, Birmingham will have to be very shrewd with who they sign and recruit into the team. That is why having a player like Bailey emerging is a fantastic boost for The Blues. They can rely on their own resources without being stretched financially or breaching any bans.

It is unlikely that Bailey will feature a lot this season, as he is only 18, but this is not only a player for the future, but one that Monk should opt deploy at points throughout the Championship season, allowing him to grow into the team.

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