Although it may be a little early to gauge what impact Birmingham City’s new influx of players will have on our 2013/14 campaign, I am convinced there is one player who can have a positive effect on our season if only he can capture his 2011/12 form.
That player is Chris Burke, who burst onto the St Andrew’s scene under the management of Chris Hughton and was a thorn in the side to most left-backs up and down the country in the Championship as well as the Europa League.
Burke penned a two-year deal when he joined Blues from Cardiff City on a Bosman transfer and Blues have since taken up a further twelve month option on his contract.
The Glasgow born winger played an impressive 61 times (out of 62) for Blues in his initial season, scoring 14 goals and amassing 19 assists. He was rewarded with the club’s Player of the Year award, as well as the Players’ and Junior Blues’ Player of the Year awards for 2011/12.
Burke soon became a fan favourite and the ‘Burke Will Tear You Apart Again’ song was heard regularly at all Blues games.
Last season saw Burke a little out of sorts and his first choice status came under threat from Nathan Redmond. In all he made 43 appearances and scored 8 times.
Redmond has since moved on to pastures new and Birmingham City face an uncertain future both on and off the field.
The quality of the squad that Lee Clark has put together is an unknown quantity at this stage of the year and I am sure all Blues fans would love to see Chris Burke capture his first season form and supply the ammunition for our forwards to feed off.
Chris Burke will tear you apart again… I sincerely hope so…