The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

GARY Rowett would be the first to ad­mit that, for all their tenac­ity and counter-at­tack­ing prow­ess, Birm­ing­ham have not been sprin­kled with an abun­dance of star­dust. But that may be chang­ing, cour­tesy of one es­tab­lished loa­nee in Jon To­ral, and a new ad­di­tion in Will Buck­ley.

To­ral’s re­cent dis­plays sug­gest he has ev­ery chance of fight­ing for a long-term fu­ture at par­ent club Arse­nal, as he scored a spec­tac­u­lar vol­ley against Ip­swich to go with some ex­cel­lent di­rect run­ning.

Buck­ley, mean­while, showed an ar­ray of tricks from the right wing to leave Ip­swich left-back Jonas Knud­sen’s head spin­ning, and most im­por­tantly, popped up in the box to tap home Birm­ing­ham’s first with all the op­por­tunism of a sea­soned goal poacher.

It may not have worked out for Buck­ley in the top flight so far with the Black Cats but he and To­ral may just have the star qual­ity to help Birm­ing­ham se­cure a spot in the play-offs come April.

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