Keep or release: What Birmingham City should do with players whose contracts expire this summer

Birmingham City manager Gianfranco Zola

Birmingham City have a number of players currently on permanently deals that expire this summer.

Birmingham manager Gianfranco ZolaBirmingham manager Gianfranco Zola

With the season starting to reach its conclusion, Birmingham boss Gianfranco Zola will be starting to think about which players he wants to keep and which players he wants to get rid of this summer.

One of the main aspects of that task is deciding which members of the squad whose contracts expire this summer deserve fresh terms at St Andrew's, and which should be let go. With that in mind, here is a look at those players (via transfermarkt) and our verdict on whether they should be kept...

Tomasz Kuszczak 

Tomasz Kuszczak remains one of the most reliable members of the Birmingham squad, so it would make sense to hand him a new deal. At 34, he should still be able to contribute for a number of seasons.

Verdict: Keep

Birmingham City's manager Gary Rowett celebrates with Tomasz Kuszczak after the gameTomasz Kuszczak

Reece Brown

The 21-year-old's failed loan spell at Chesterfield means that he will not be able to play for the Blues again before his contract expires. With only a handful of appearances under his belt already, it would take a lot for Brown to force his way into Zola's plans next season, but it arguably seems unlikely that he will get a chance anyway.

Verdict: Release

Paul Robinson

The veteran has played fairly well this season, but will be 39 midway through the next campaign. With a number of impressive defensive options within the current squad, it may make sense for Zola to pursue some younger players in the summer.

Verdict: Release

Adam Legzdins

Unfortunately for the back-up goalkeeper, he has struggled to make that great an impact for Birmingham, and it would not be that surprising if the club left the path clear for him to move on. 

Verdict: Release

Norwich's Steven Naismith in action with Birmingham's Jonathan GroundsNorwich's Steven Naismith in action with Birmingham's Jonathan Grounds

Jonathan Grounds

Jonathan Grounds has arguably been one of Birmingham's best and most consistent performers in the Championship this season. Letting him go would surely be a big mistake.

Verdict: Keep

Koby Arthur

At 21, Koby Arthur is perhaps running out of time to show that he can deliver on his potential. He looks like he could have a bright future ahead, so it would make sense for Zola to give him more time to prove himself. Perhaps another loan move could be an option for him.

Verdict: Keep

Charlee Adams 

Charlee Adams' season was halted by a horrific injury during his time on loan at Kilmarnock, and it seems, with no appearances under his belt for the Blues this term, that he may well move on this summer.

Verdict: Release

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