Record setting schoolboy in Birmingham squad for Leeds visit

Josh Martin could become Birmingham City’s youngest ever player, if he is to take the field against Leeds United.

Blues manager Lee Clark has confirmed that the 15-year old schoolboy has been named in the squad to face Leeds at St Andrews on Saturday.

The Birmingham Mail is reporting the story, claiming that, whilst the youngster is unlikely to make the final cut for the 18-man first-team squad, Clark has given him the experience of being at the ground on a Championship matchday - something he hasn’t had before.

The defender has been with the Blues since the age of nine, and is currently studying at Bourneville School. He made his debut for the Under-21 side last month at Swansea City, having been a regular in the Under-18’s squad last season.

Having made his debut at the age of 14, Martin was regularly playing with people four or five years older than himself, but clearly his appearances have shown that he can cope with the physicality that he would be shown from fully grown men in the Championship.

With the Blues currently languishing in 20th place in the second division table, having won just one game out of five this season, Clark is bold to bring the youngster in. The manager must feel as if Martin could do a good job if called upon, with Brimingham struggling defensively - having conceded nine goals in their five games.

If he was to make his first-team debut, he would claim the record for Birmingham’s youngest ever player at 15 years, 10 months and 23 days, beating the record set by former England international Trevor Francis, who first appeared for the Blues as a 16-year old in 1970.

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