‘Where are you going to send him?’ - Lee Bowyer on Sam Cosgrove’s lack of minutes at Shrewsbury Town

Cosgrove joined Birmingham City on a three-and-a-half year deal in January 2021

Birmingham City striker Sam Cosgrove has failed to live up to his price tag in the short time he has spent with the Blues.

After joining from SPL side Aberdeen in January 2021, the 24-year-old has gone on to make just 12 appearances in the royal blue, failing to find the net once.

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Sam Cosgrove of Birmingham City challenges Jacob Brown of Stoke City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Stoke City

Prior to the new campaign getting underway, manager Lee Bowyer felt a loan move would be beneficial to Cosgrove in the league below with Shrewsbury Town and after starting out promisingly with two goals, the young forward’s form has since tailed off and he is finding minutes hard to come by.

In fact, the last league game he started for Salop was on October 16th and you have to date back even further for the last time he found the net, on September 11.

So it poses the question about whether at this point he is even finding any benefit from his current loan spell.

Maybe a move elsewhere where he’s guaranteed minutes or even training with the Blues squad is surely better than his current predicament.

If he does indeed have a future at Birmingham City, something is going to need to change quickly for the 24-year-old, however, the way Bowyer spoke when asked the question would suggest that that said future is very much in doubt.

“Where are you going to send him?” he said.

“You’ve just said that he’s not playing in a team in League One so where are you going to send him that’s going to benefit us?

“These are things that we’re going to have to speak through with Craig. Obviously we bought Sam for a lot of money, so, yeah.

“I feel for him because obviously he just wants to go and play football, every kid wants to go and play football.

“He thought by going to Shrewsbury he would play but that’s not worked out for one reason or another. We’ll have to look at that situation.

“I sent him a message when I saw him score, saying ‘well done and keep trying to do the right things’ and obviously he said thanks but since then it’s not working out for him.”

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