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Birmingham City v West Brom: Five Blues players to look out for

By Luke Hatfield | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

West Brom do battle with local rivals Birmingham this weekend hoping to bounce back from their 1-1 draw with Wigan.

Who is there to be wary of in Blues' ranks?

But who are the threats in Blues' ranks?

We take a look at five danger men who could look to cause problems for the Baggies.

Alvaro Gimenez

Signed in the summer at St. Andrew's, Alvaro Gimenez joined Blues coming off a brilliant season at Almeria.

He netted 19 times in 39 appearances ahead of his move to England, and has since scored three in 19 for Blues.

He's been a regular starter for Pep Clotet's side of late, scoring in the win over Reading and the draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

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Capable of playing as a lone striker or as part of an attacking duo - he's not a player Albion should ignore.

Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham (Photo: Andy Shaw)

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Only 16 years of age, you'd be forgiven for not knowing Jude Bellingham's name ahead of this season.

Coming into the rough and tumble of the Championship, Bellingham has performed very admirably for his age, and is able to play in a number of roles varying from deep midfield to essentially a centre forward role.

He's netted twice so far this season, and has become a regular name on the team sheet in the Second City for quite a while now.

Good with the ball at his feet, whilst also strong in the tackle - his hustle and bustle can affect games.

Lukas Jutkiewicz

Birmingham City's Lukas Jutkiewicz (left) celebrates

As Championship strikers go, they don't get much more direct than Lukas Jutkiewicz.

The sizeable Englishman is unlikely to win any goal of the season award, but he's certainly effective when utilised properly.

He's scored five times so far this season, and can cause all kinds of problems for defenders, especially in the air.

Fortunately for Albion, the likes of Semi Ajayi and Kyle Bartley are large defenders themselves, but should he find room in the area then he could be able to add to his tally.

Kristian Pedersen

Kyle Bartley of West Bromwich Albion out-jumps Kristian Pedersen last season. (AMA)

It's not often you highlight a full-back in one of these articles, but Kristian Pedersen is well worth a mention despite his position.

One of the most highly rated players (according to WhoScored) in the entire Blues squad, the Danish defender is very capable at this level.

It's not just as a defender either, going forward he's more than able to cause problems for opposition sides, shown with his three goals so far this campaign.

Matt Phillips and Darnell Furlong will need to be aware of his threat on the flank. If they underestimate him he could make Albion pay.

Ivan Sunjic

Not a name many English football fans may recognize, Sunjic signed up at St Andrew's over the summer.

He is known to Baggies boss Slaven Bilic, though - who was quizzed about him ahead of the game.

"He’s a very aggressive player, he’s a ball winner, he’s good on the second balls - a good holding midfielder. I’m not surprised at all that he’s doing well. He’s a good player, a very good player." Bilic said.

"He came from Dinamo Zagreb. They have had a lot of big players - and I’m talking big players - came from Dinamo Zagreb. Modric, Corluka, Kovacic, Brozavic, Lovren - they all played there and they made unbelievable careers.

"What he did there last season was really good and this is the ideal league for him."

You can expect to see him in central midfield, he's bagged two goals from there this season so far and is good for a cracker.

Luke Hatfield

By Luke Hatfield
Digital Sports Journalist - @LHatfield_Star

Digital Sports Journalist based in Wolverhampton working on the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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