With the Blues operating under a transfer embargo that the EFL were only willing to lift for a week before the summer window slammed shut for permanent signings on Thursday, 9 August, there haven’t been too many fresh faces added to the squad at St Andrew’s.
A few Championship clubs are more fancied by bookies to go down this term, but Birmingham boss Garry Monk has still got his work cut out for him to keep the club up. Blues are as short as 11/4 for the drop and have been permitted at least to make free transfers and conclude loan deals, with the window for those open until the end of August.
Here’s a little more information about the new arrivals.
Former Denmark Under-21 international Pedersen is an attacking left back, who can also play on the wing and joined from 2 Bundesliga club Union Berlin. He also had a trial at Borussia Monchengladbach while on the books of his previous club HB Koge.
As fellow left-back Jonathan Grounds has been loaned to Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers following his arrival, Pedersen is a clear part of Monk’s first-team plans and looks like being first choice in this position down the flank of defence.
Blackburn born winger Mahoney played his first senior club games for Accrington Stanley before being brought back to Ewood Park. He then joined Premier League side Bournemouth last summer, but has only figured in a couple of EFL Cup ties for the Cherries.
Mahoney spent the second half of last term on loan at Barnsley where he suffered a second consecutive relegation from the Championship. Prior to making his season-long loan switch to St Andrew’s he had failed to score in 40 first-team matches.
He doesn’t look like an upgrade on France born Ivory Coast cap Jeremie Boga, who Blues had on loan from Chelsea last season. They have since sold him to Serie A side Sassuolo, while odds on Chelsea to win league 2019 under new boss Maurizio Sarri are around 18/1 on the Betfair Exchange.
The Gardner brothers are reunited at Birmingham as Gary joins older sibling Craig at St Andrew’s on loan from Second City rivals Aston Villa. He has plenty of second-tier football under his belt following similar spells with Coventry City, Sheffield Wednesday, Brighton & Hove Albion, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley.
Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Camp also has a wealth of experience at Championship level. He has played in this division for Derby County, Norwich City, QPR, Forest, Bournemouth and Rotherham United.
He was also on Cardiff City’s books last term but didn’t make an appearance as the Bluebirds earned promotion to the Premier League. Camp coming to Blues on a free adds further competition to start in goal with Connall Trueman, Tomasz Kuszczak and David Stockdale to contend with.
One-time non-league striking sensation Bogle was prolific for another West Midlands club in Solihull Moors and carried that form with him when he fired Grimsby Town to promotion from the Conference back into the Football League.
Whether he can replicate his scoring exploits from League Two a couple of divisions higher remains to be seen. Bogle is owned by Cardiff having joined from Wigan Athletic, but Neil Warnock clearly couldn’t guarantee him first-team football and so he has been loaned to Birmingham having spent part of last term with Peterborough United in the third tier.