It’s been a busy start to the summer transfer window for Birmingham City as manager Lee Bowyer tries to put together a squad capable of reaching new heights in the championship.
The Blues have already secured the services of three new players as Jordan Graham, Chuks Aneke and Ryan Woods will line up for the club in the second division after a permanent move next season.
Meanwhile, Bowyer has chosen to sever ties with a number of individuals who, during their respective stays in St. Andrews, did not end up consistently delivering goods at that level.
Bowyer is certainly not happy with the above additions and has now signed a temporary contract for one of Chelsea’s Academy products.
As confirmed on the club’s official website, Birmingham have signed full-back Juan Familia-Castillo on loan for a season.
The 21-year-old has not made it into the Chelsea starting XI in recent years due to the presence of Marcos Alonso and continued to fall into the pecking order following the club’s decision to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City.
After an unsuccessful loan from AZ Alkmaar in the first half of the previous season, Familia-Castillo moved to ADO Den Haag in January.
While the full-back failed to establish himself as a regular for De Ooievaars, he played 16 times in the Eredivisie.
But despite Familia-Castillo’s presence, ADO Den Haag could not prevent relegation to the second division of Dutch football.
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Given that Birmingham already have the services of Kristian Pedersen, George Friend and Steve Seddon, it’s a bit of a surprise that they decided to increase their left-back options by drafting at Familia-Castillo.
While Pedersen showed earlier this year that he is more than capable as a center-back, there is no guarantee that Familia-Castillo can emerge as a starter for the Blues in a five-man defense.
In addition, the defender’s lack of consistency last season for ADO Den Haag resulted in him getting an average WhoScored game rating of 6.26.
However, with Bowyer being more than capable of getting the most out of the players, Familia-Castillo could potentially boost his career by learning from his guidance during the upcoming campaign.
The full-back could make his debut for the Blues when they face Cheltenham Town in a preparation match on July 17.
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