Birmingham prospect Viv Solomon-Otabor hoping to establish himself in first-team after agreeing new contract

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The youngster is set to stay at St Andrew's until 2019.

Viv Solomon-Otabor is hoping to establish himself as a regular in Birmingham's squad after signing a new contract with the Blues, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The 20-year-old only made his league debut in September, but has clearly done enough to impress Gary Rowett during his first few months in and around the first-team as the Mail reports that he has signed a contract extension that will keep him at St Andrew's until 2019.

And the winger explained that the new contract has given him plenty of motivation to develop his game further, and perhaps give Rowett plenty of selection headaches in the future.

"The three-and-a-half-year deal has given me some stability and a platform," he told the Mail.

"The gaffer said that he feels I'm one for the future and if I carry on progressing I've got nothing to worry about and hopefully I can go on and try and cement my place in the team and become a regular starter."

Regardless of the new contract, the former Oxford City loanee was perhaps set to receive more first-team opportunities anyway. There have been obvious comparisons with Demarai Gray - both are young, exciting wingers that have come through the youth system with the Midlands side.

But Gray's departure for Premier League high-flyers Leicester City has seen the Blues lose one of their most creative options. 

And while Solomon-Otabor is arguably not quite ready to fill Gray's shoes, he has shown glimpses that suggests that he can be a special talent that is capable of stepping out of Gray's shadow. And thanks to his new contract, he is set to have many more opportunities to prove what he can do.

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