Gianfranco Zola has to address this squad problem at Birmingham

General view of St Andrews stadium

Birmingham City have a growing problem at the club that needs to be fixed by new manager Gianfranco Zola.

Given what has transpired at Birmingham City over the last few weeks, it's hardly surprising that the club has been in a slight state of turmoil. Fans are having to accept the fact that Gary Rowett is now gone whilst simultaneously attempting to get behind new boss Gianfranco Zola. Either way, now is the time more than ever for them to back the Blues as they attempt to get their play-off push back on track.

However, they must first battle through the January transfer window which could prove to be a vital period for the club moving forward. When looking at the squad, it seems that one of the big issues that needs to be addressed comes from the midfield.

Jacob Butterfield of Huddersfield Town (L) in action with Andy Shinnie (C) and Robert Tesche of Birmingham CityJacob Butterfield of Huddersfield Town (L) in action with Andy Shinnie (C) and Robert Tesche of Birmingham City

Midfielder Robert Tesche, in particular, has not been performing up to the standards expected of him at St Andrew's. The 29-year-old was signed in a big money deal but hasn't quite managed to turn his potential into prolonged success in the Championship. Whilst some may see this as a simple situation, it highlights a growing issue for the Blues regarding the sheer quantity of midfielders at the club.

Birmingham manager Gianfranco ZolaBirmingham manager Gianfranco Zola

There's just too much deadwood within the squad right now, in a manner somewhat similar to Midlands rivals Wolves. However, the overall quality doesn't quite match up to Lambert's side which shows that big changes need to be made in order for Zola to create the best team possible moving forward.

Of all the registered players in the current squad, 11 of them are midfielders with a number of them not performing to the highest standards. There's strength in depth, and then there's breadth rather than depth. The Italian has to get rid of the deadwood and ensure that there is quality in the team and also on the bench.

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