Gary Rowett does not believe Birmingham's £1.5m signing Diego Fabbrini will be under pressure to succeed due to his transfer fee

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The 25-year-old became the Championship side's most expensive acquisition since 2011.

Gary Rowett has played down the idea that Diego Fabbrini will be under extra pressure to succeed at Birmingham City due to the large transfer fee that saw him move to St Andrew's, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The 25-year-old completed a £1.5m move to the Championship side from Watford during the January transfer window (via Mail). And while the fee may result in fans wanting to see the Italian hit the ground running - especially as the Mail reports that the fee was the most that the club have spent on a player since signing Curtis Davies in 2011 - Rowett does not believe that Fabbrini is under any more pressure than any new arrival would be, just because of the price. 

"I don’t see it that way," he said, as reported by the Mail. "Is it any more of a risk than bringing someone like Michael Morrison in from Charlton straight away, who hadn't played much that season?

"You always back your judgement as a manager, you are always mindful that not every transfer you make is not going to be a positive one, you can never tell how a player is going to settle or certain variables that always come into play.

"How a player's partner or family settle, there are so many variables. You minimise all of those risks then you have just got to go for it."

With Birmingham flirting with the play-off places in the division, it was perhaps a bigger risk for the club to not spend a considerable amount of money during the window, as it may have severely harmed their chances of going up this season.

And given the unpredictable nature of the league, there would certainly be no guarantee that they would be able to replicate their form of this term during the next campaign.

With Fabbrini having spent time at the club on loan in the past, it could be argued that bringing him in permanently is a calculated risk on the manager's part, as he will know what he will bring to the side, allowing him to make an educated call as to whether signing him again would provide good value for money. 

And if he can help the Blues book their place in the top six, then there will be little question that Birmingham will reflect that it was £1.5m very well spent. 

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