The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

GARY ROWETT be­lieves loan striker Lukas Jutkiewicz gives his Birm­ing­ham side the phys­i­cal edge re­quired to suc­ceed in the Cham­pi­onship af­ter join­ing from Burn­ley.

With for­ward Clay­ton Don­ald­son, 32, ab­sent on Ja­maica in­ter­na­tional duty, Jutkiewicz bol­sters the Blues’ strik­ing op­tions.

And, hav­ing turned out for Bolton, Mid­dles­brough and Burn­ley, he cer­tainly pro­vides ex­pe­ri­ence.

Birm­ing­ham sit tenth in the Cham­pi­onship and, with Jutkiewicz at St An­drew’s un­til at least Jan­uary, Rowett is ex­cited by the 27-year-old tar­get man.

“With Lukas, we need to get him go­ing again and give him the plat­form to start scor­ing goals again,” said Rowett. “[He needs] the op­por­tu­nity to start play­ing more reg­u­larly.

“He’s had some re­ally good moves re­cently. Burn­ley signed him for £1.6mil­lion.

“He’s not scored for them but he leads the line and gives you a real pres­ence. We know that from ex­pe­ri­ence. In the sec­ond game of last sea­son he caused us a lot of prob­lems.”

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