Stoke City loanee already showing his talents at Birmingham City

Brek Shea put in a man of the match performance on his debut for Birmingham, having signed on-loan from Stoke City.

The US international has suffered a torrid time at the Potteries since joining, playing just three times in his first year with the club.

With first-team opportunities looking limited in Stoke, Shea agreed a short-term deal to join Championship strugglers Birmingham City, who are looking to improve upon their final-day relegation survival of last season.

Manager Lee Clark had been in the market for a left-winger for the duration of the transfer window, and - after the Florent Malouda contract debacle - Shea arrived at St Andrews to make his debut immediately - and it was certainly a memorable debut.

A home fixture with Leeds United beckoned, and Shea’s 67 minute spell on the pitch was capped with registering the assist for Wes Thomas’s opening goal.

However, Shea could have registered more, having played three key passes to his teammates, and he could have netted himself, with one of his three shots finding the target.

His desire for the ball was a welcome sight for Blues fans, with the 24-year old’s 59 touches the second highest in the team.

Despite playing on the left wing, Shea was frequently found roaming all areas of the pitch, and in the process of aiding his team to a vital point, he won three tackles and completed one interception.

His performance will bring faith to both Birmingham and Stoke supporters, with the former hoping that Shea can become a quick fix for their on-field problems, and the latter hoping that he will finally show the talent that saw him complete a move to the Potteries before injury curtailed his career. If he can continue to perform as he did against Leeds, he should face no trouble in forcing a first-team spot when his loan deal ends and a move back to Stoke ensures.

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