Is this the first task for Gary Rowett at Birmingham?

Birmingham City's Gary Rowett must address the side's defensive issues before doing anything else at St. Andrews.

The first thing Gary Rowett must address at Birmingham City is obvious just from looking at the Championship's statistics this season.

Birmingham have proven the easiest side to create chances against in the entire division and that is simply not conducive to being successful.

The Blues have allowed oppositions sides to have 246 shots on their goals, which is 10 more than any other side in the league. 

  Opp Total Scoring AttOpp GoalsAppearances
Birmingham 246 28 14
Leeds 236 18 14
Bolton 225 24 14
Brentford 224 19 14
Charlton 223 15 14

It is an alarming statistic which explains why they have the most porous backline in the entire division.

An 8-0 defeat to Bournemouth in their last match did little to help the club's goal difference and conceding 28 goals in their first 14 league matches would prove problematic for any side. 

Making Birmingham a more solid team must now become Rowett's first job at St. Andrews. 

At Burton Albion, Rowett's previous team, the League Two side built their success on a solid foundation and he will need to prove that he can transfer his skill at tightening up a defence to the Championship. 

If he doesn't it could be a long season for the Blues, regardless of what they do going forward, and this has to be his priority.

If Birmingham are looking for a club to emulate then they should take a look at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The South-Coast club may not have had the best start to the campaign, but they have allowed over 100 fewer shots on their goal than Birmingham have to date this season. 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch