Steve Cotterill insists he will have the final say on Birmingham City’s January transfer business.
Blues are expected to be active in the market as they look for a formula to drag themselves out of the Championship doldrums.
The club might turn to loan deals to bolster their squad after a busy summer of recruitment going into this campaign.
Xuandong Ren, Darren Dein and Jeff Vetere will play an important part in identifying January targets, but Cotterill insists the final decision rests with him.
Asked if he will have the ultimate say, he replied: “Yes.
“If I don’t think the players are anything better than what we already have. I won’t get them.
“Then you have to look at, is there finance available to go and get permanent players that are going to make us better?
“If the finances are not there to go and do that at the moment then we have to try and supplement it with loan players that might not be ideal for the football club – but what we can get our hands on to try and balance the squad up a little bit.
“I do have a strategy on that and we have got to try and work to that to make sure that we don’t end up in a situation we find ourselves in at the moment.”
Birmingham City are facing massive injury disruption as they prepare for their trip to Fulham this weekend.
Whilst Steve Cotterill refused to reveal which players are doubts, he did concede he may have to call-up one or two youngsters from the Under 23 to pad the squad.
Blues must also do without the suspended Harlee Dean – and Maxime Colin is not ready to return yet, though he is expected to be available at some point over the Christmas period.
“There is a disruption for the weekend,” Cotterill admitted. “We’ve a few missing.
“In this period of games we’ve had since the time I’ve been here we’ve only just got David Stockdale back.
“You would not have wanted to lose Isaac Vassell, Maxime Colin.
“We lost David Davis the other day and Che Adams has ended up having two games and two real light cameos based on his injury still being there.
“And we’re even lighter this week.
“It’s incredible at the moment because if we were all to pick a team in this room, we would all pick what is your ideal team – unfortunately at the moment we are not in an ideal moment and haven’t been from the minute I walked through the door.
“Even then, when you are in an ideal position and everybody is fit, you have still got an incredibly unbalanced squad. That’s what makes it so difficult.”
Cotterill did confirm, though, that he had wanted to start David Davis against Wolves on Monday – but that the midfielder wasn’t quite ready.
“He has managed to get a few more days training under his belt. Davo is not as far behind as where Craig [Gardner] or Jason [Lowe] would be, just simply because he has only missed that one game.
“The game the other night against Wolves came a little bit early for him because of the amount of training he had done going into the game.
“More than anything else the other night, going back and playing against Wolves he would have been one you would have wanted on the pitch at the start of the game.
“It just wasn’t there, it’s not something I can just conjure up, otherwise I would have done.”
Steve Cotterill insists Birmingham City are doing everything they can to address their goal-shortage.
Blues have scored just ten times in 20 league games this season – including only three in the last nine – and they head to Fulham in dire need of a break in front of goal.
Their efforts will be compromised by mounting fitness issues, on which Cotterill refused to expand.
Asked whether Blues needed a change in personnel or tactics he was adamant they are leaving no attacking stone unturned in training.
“It’s not going to be a change in tactics. Why would we not want to score a goal? There is always a tactic, a way, a run, there is always something we do,” he said.
“Whether it’s trying to set up a throw-in to get a cross in because we have got people in the box who can get on the end of a cross to score a goal.
“Every area that you could possibly think of where you could score a goal has been done.
“Possession, counter-attack, throw-in, free-kick, corner, wide free-kick, it’s all worked on every week to get us a goal.
“Long throw, I don’t know what other scenarios we could set up there.
“I see plenty of goals go in, in the Championship where they are scruffy deflections.
“We haven’t really had a lot of luck on that. But we keep trying.”
Source : BirminghamMail