John Eustace opens up on selection headaches as Birmingham City relocate

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John Eustace opens up on selection headaches as Birmingham City relocate

Here are your Birmingham City headlines on Friday, March 17... Blues move into new training ground Birmingham City have moved into a temporary training ground following the fire at Wast Hills. Earlier this week the first team squad reported for duty at the Elite Performance and Innovation Centre in Henley-in-Arden, formerly owned by rugby club Wasps.

John Eustace has trained his charges at the venue this week in preparation for Championship clashes with Watford, which ended in defeat on Tuesday, and Queens Park Rangers. The 13-acre complex cost £4million and opened its doors 18 months ago, and it is now expected to be Blues’ base until the end of the season. It has a large football pitch, previously used for rugby, and a warm up area around the back of the main building. Blues will also be able to use the all-weather 4G pitch, which is positioned next door to the main training area. For pictures and Eustace's thoughts click HERE Eustace explains constant changes John Eustace says Birmingham City’s lack of seasoned Championship performers often forces him to make changes to his starting line-up.

The Blues boss made two alterations to his team for Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat to Watford as youngsters Alfie Chang and George Hall dropped out, with Jordan Graham and Hannibal Mejbri coming in. Eustace hasn’t named the same XI for successive Championship games since December. A combination of injuries, poor form and suspensions - with Juninho Bacuna set to return against Queens Park Rangers after serving a two-game ban - have contributed to that statistic. But Eustace insists changes are often out of necessity due to his squad’s Championship inexperience. “In this group there are not many players who are seasoned Championship players,” says Eustace.

“If you are asking players who aren’t used to playing week in week out to keep going, they are going to break down. That is just where we are as a club at the moment. “Overall we have used the squad really well, whoever has had to come in has put a good performance on. I would love to have 15, 16 Championship players who know the level and we could do the same thing every week, but we haven’t got that luxury. “We have loan players who aren’t used to playing, we’ve got older players who aren’t used to playing week in week out, we’ve got younger players who it’s a new experience for, so to get that level of consistency that we want is always going to be very difficult.

“It’s something going forward that we will have to look at for next year, but all those players getting regular minutes now will only be stronger going into next season.” Read the full story HERE Inside Birmingham City's new £4m training ground after Wast Hills fire View gallery Trusty gets USA call-up Anthony Hudson says Auston Trusty has been rewarded for his progress with Birmingham City as he stands on the brink of his first international cap. The 24-year-old, who is on loan from Arsenal, was called up for games with Grenada and El Salvador in which victories will guarantee the USA's place in this summer’s CONCACAF Nations League finals. And USMNT interim head coach Hudson, who has been placed in temporary charge after Gregg Berhalter left his position after Qatar 2022, has included 13 players from the World Cup squad. Trusty didn’t make that trip but he has made the cut this this time having racked up 40 appearances for John Eustace' s side, scoring four goals and assisting in another two.

Following the announcement of his squad on Wednesday, Hudson explained why he named Trusty. Asked by US Soccer the reason behind the inclusion of Trusty and FC Utrecht's Taylor Booth, he said: "In both cases they have done a great job progressing in their club careers. Auston is having a really good season with Birmingham City. "Myself and others on the staff have seen him play live and we’re very pleased with his performances in the Championship. Taylor is someone who in his young career is progressing and now he's doing very, very well with Utrecht in the Eredivisie.

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