Jade Pennock of Sheffield United Sheffield United Women v Crystal Palace Women, Women's Championship football match, Proact Stadium, Chesterfield, UK - 01 Nov 2020 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

OPINION: Arrival of exciting winger Pennock will lift spirits at Birmingham City

It has been another frantic summer at Birmingham City with a change of management and the club fighting to retain the services of no less than 13 out of contract players.

Some of those players offered new deals have opted to move on and while Harriet Scott and Lily Simkin have renewed, the club nervously wait on news from several others.

It seems likely that it will again be a new look Birmingham City side this season with a number of holes set to be filled with player arrivals. Fans have been naturally concerned about the budget and just how much quality Birmingham City will be able to bring in but their spirits will surely have been lifted with yesterday’s arrival of former Sheffield United winger Jade Pennock.

The Blues have acquired the services of an exciting attacking player, one who is untried at Barclays FA Women’s Super League level but nevertheless, one who definitely knows where the opposition goal is. Birmingham City were the joint-lowest scorers in last season’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League with 15 goals and while a lot more attacking quality is needed this summer, new signing Pennock will add something special in the final third.

In her three years at former club Sheffield United, Pennock scored 29 goals in 67 appearances whilst playing both in attack and out wide. She has also created a whole host of goals for her teammates with The Blades having been one of the most free-scoring teams in the FA Women’s Championship in recent seasons. Pennock has real quality and at the age of 28, she will be ready to make up for lost time in the top flight.

If the signing of Pennock is a marker of what is to come at Birmingham City before the start of the new season, fans can maybe begin to feel a little bit more comfortable and hopeful towards the future. The Blues will not break to bank or raise the most eyebrows in this summer’s transfer window, being cautious and clever is what will be key. Obtaining Pennock’s signature for the new campaign is definitely one move which can be placed in the ‘clever’ category.

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