Is Clayton Donaldson good enough for Birmingham City?

Clayton Donaldson looks set to complete a move to St Andrews', but is the 30-year-old what The Blues need?

A move to Birmingham City would be a career highlight for Clayton Donaldson who has never before played at this level of English football. The Championship opportunity would arise whether at Birmingham or not having just achieved promotion with Brentford.

Brentford are keen for him to stay and of course they would be; he's scored 53 goals in three seasons for them. However Lee Clark is deciding to take a punt on him and bring him to St Andrews'. The deal looks set to go ahead this week with personal terms agreed and just the medical left to complete formalities.

It is hard to gauge exactly when strikers reach their peak in football, but at the age of 30, Donaldson is enjoying the greatest spell of his career. It can be argued that he has improved year after year in his career and he has come a long way since a spell with York City in the Conference seven years ago.

That form attracted Hibernian and he made the move north of the border and instead of facing teams such as Alfreton Town, he was now facing Rangers and Celtic, two of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Donaldson started his career at Hull City, not the Hull City we know now but the one that was lingering between Division Three and Division Two a decade ago. Clayton never got his chance there and loan spells at Harrogate Town, Scarborough Town and Halifax Town weren't too prolific but when he was given a contract by York he hit the ground running.

41 goals in two years and he then found himself playing in Edinburgh for a year before returning to England with Crewe Alexandra. Six goals in his first season, was then followed by 13 and then 28. Donaldson was continuing to improve.

After three years in League One with Brentford he established himself as one of the best strikers in the league. He deserves his chance at this level, and Lee Clark will be hoping he can be a suitable replacement for Nikola Zigic. World's apart in terms of their background; Zigic having played for Valencia and on wages of £60,000 a week. The Serbian was offered an extension but the contract was never signed, and the cult hero looks set to depart the club.

A big powerful striker, Donaldson can fill Zigic's boots, as could another summer signing, Wes Thomas. If Donaldson can keep on improving just as he has done throughout his career then he can turn out to be a wonderful signing for The Blues. It may be a step too far for him but only time will tell.

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