McLeish defends Blues signings

28 January 2011 07:30
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has defended his signings and his decision to allow some of them time to adjust to the demands of the Barclays Premier League. Acting chairman Peter Pannu questioned the quality of some of McLeish's captures and their impact last weekend. McLeish insists his relationship with Pannu - and owner Carson Yeung - is fine and he is working closely with them to bring in new blood before the transfer window closes. But he is happy with the progress of Chilean winger Jean Beausejour, Carling Cup goal hero Craig Gardner and latterly striker Nikola Zigic while goalkeeper Ben Foster has been in outstanding form. McLeish said: "Beausejour was excellent. Again it takes time for people to settle. As you know, I went for British-based targets in the summer. I went for Charles N'Zogbia. If we had got him I wouldn't have gone for Jean. But Jean is settling in. He was out for six weeks with a knee injury which is something I couldn't legislate for. "Gardner came in. I said he wouldn't play in the first team to start with. He has got himself into the team. Like I said, Jean gave us a smashing performance and big Ziggy did well (in the Carling Cup semi-final win over West Ham). Just about every one of my signings are in the team."

Source: PA

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