Blues blunt Blades

Blues’ under-23 side beat Sheffield United. Andy Munro runs the rule over the successful side.

Blues under-23 youngsters came home with the silverware courtesy of a two-nil win in the Professional Development League 2 play-off and in doing so highlighted the folly of nearly folding up our Academy. Luckily the Chinese ruling junta saw the light just in time so hopefully we can look forward to keeping the production line going.

The result was never in doubt as Blues turned in a masterful display with several players sadly using the match as a swansong following their release. Still, there were plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

Boyd-Munce was a major influence and may well become a first team squad regular on this display. Alongside him, the younger Alfie Chang looked class and either an experience-enhancing loan or even a fringe first team squad place could beckon.

Adan George was the hero with a brace but did struggle in first team friendlies last season so may need a loan period Despite his two well-taken goals, I still think Josh Andrews looks a better bet as the up and coming centre forward. Finally, our £100,000 Man City signing Keyendra Symmonds could be the jewel in the crown and with his pace and skill I would like to see him get a few opportunities on the bench for the first team.

Either way, iy as an excellent result with plenty to be optimistic about for the future.