Released from Tottenham by Redknapp in 2009, will Jacques Maghoma shine at Birmingham?

Birmingham’s Jacques Maghoma in action with Nottingham Forest’s Eric Lichaj (R)

Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp reunited with former Tottenham trainee.

Birmingham’s Jacques Maghoma in action with Nottingham Forest’s Eric Lichaj (R)Birmingham’s Jacques Maghoma in action with Nottingham Forest’s Eric Lichaj (R)

After a spell out of the game, familiar faces are few and far between for Harry Redknapp upon his return to management in English football.

Redknapp agreed to take the Birmingham City job yesterday for the final three games of the season.

If he casts his mind back, he will find a player particularly keen to impress him in winger Jacques Maghoma.

Maghoma was a trainee at Tottenham Hotspur back in the early 2000s, but was released from the club under Harry Redknapp's management in 2009.

Maghoma had to drop down to League Two to rescue his career, joining Burton Albion.

He spent four seasons with the Brewers before earning a transfer to Sheffield Wednesday, jumping two divisions in the process.

Birmingham City's Jacques Maghoma (R) in action with Wolves' Emiliano MartinezBirmingham City's Jacques Maghoma (R) in action with Wolves' Emiliano Martinez

The DR Congo international signed for Birmingham in 2015, where he netted five goals in his debut season.

This campaign the 29-year-old has not kicked on, scoring just three times for the Blues, with his last strike coming back in December.

Maghoma was a substitute in Birmingham's last defeat under Gianfranco Zola against his former club Burton, but has a fresh start under Harry Redknapp.

He has a chance to prove to the old Spurs supremo that he is a true professional that can be relied upon, having developed a lot since his days in the academy at Hotspur Way.

With rivals Aston Villa up next, there is little time to waste.

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