Can Fabbrini re-ignite Birmingham attack?

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has challenged his team to break down opposition sides.

Gary Rowett will be demanding his side improve on their recent performance against Cardiff in the eight remaining Birmingham City games this season.

The Blues slumped to a 2-0 defeat in South Wales as they struggled to get out of first gear in what was ultimately a drab game. Defensive errors cost Birmingham dear while an attack that has struggled to get shots on goal meant that there was never any real chance that the Blues could get on the scoresheet.

Rowett will be hoping the signing of Diego Fabbrini on loan from Watford can help boost his team's creativity going forward and enable them to unlock teams that sit behind the ball - something Birmingham have struggled to do under his charge.

A lack of real quality within the team has made for more inconsistent performances, forcing Rowett into a counter-attacking formation that protects his defence and tries to exploit gaps behind teams as they push onto the Blues. This has worked in spades against some teams, with the Blues recording a 6-1 victory over Reading and a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest despite having relatively little possession and few shots on goal.

However, in games against teams who have looked to counter attack themselves, Birmingham City have failed to be able to push on and unlock defences, making for drab and gritty affairs decided by which team can take advantage of the inevitable defensive mistakes which will occur.

Ironically, Fabbrini's signing will more than likely end the Birmingham City career of another Watford loanee, Lloyd Dyer. Dyer has failed to make an impact on the team and while Fabbrini can play in the "number 10" role behind the striker it's more likely he'll be utilised on the right wing, allowing David Cotterill to switch to the left to cut inside defenders and rest Demarai Gray who has looked jaded in recent weeks.

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