The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jamie Holt

YOU’D think Gary Rowett would do the due dili­gence be­fore sign­ing Maikel Kieften­beld – but the Birm­ing­ham City boss reck­ons he has been blown away by just how good his new midfielder is.

The Dutch­man ap­peared to be Rowett’s sec­ond choice af­ter a move for Not­ting­ham For­est’s Robert Tesche fell through.

But Kieften­beld has proved a huge hit at St An­drew’s hav­ing played all ten Cham­pi­onship matches so far.

“I thought he would be a good player for us, I think he has been even bet­ter than I imag­ined,” said Rowett of the 25-year-old.

“We watched him in the sum­mer and got a text from an agent say­ing Maikel Kieften­beld is avail­able for 250,000.

“I went straight onto a sys­tem called Wyscout, for about four days solid, watched about 25 games and a thou­sand clips and couldn’t find a rea­son not to sign him.

“We had vir­tu­ally done the Tesche deal. That got de­layed and de­layed and we had to move on.”

IM­PACT: Maikel Kieften­beld

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