Once Highly-Rated Birmingham City Striker Makes Non-League Switch

Former Birmingham City striker Isaac Vassell has today joined National League South side Bath City.

Vassell has been without a club for over a year and a half following his release from Championship side Cardiff City and his last appearance for the Bluebirds would be way back in the 2019-20 season. He’d turn out just three times for the Welsh outfit during a three year stay, and the move does come as somewhat of a surprise.

Despite not playing for a number of seasons at a professional level, Vassell could still be a good signing for the National League South side. He brings plenty of experience in the EFL with him to a team who are looking for promotion to the National League for the first time since 2012.

The Romans do find themselves in a rather good position currently, sat in fourth in the table and are unbeaten in their last six. They’ll be hoping that the signing of Vassell will help their chances, but it is certainly one that comes with risks attached.

Potentially best known for his spells with both Luton Town and Birmingham City the now 30-year-old was once rated very highly. He would burst on to the scene with the former when they were in League Two and his exploits would earn him a move to Championship side Birmingham in the summer of the 2017/18 season.

It was reported by the Birmingham Mail, that the fee was north of £1 million and he was a player who then-manager Harry Redknapp expected to be a huge part of the future plans for the club.

However in a two year stay with the Blues, Vassell would make just 27 appearances across all competitions and would only score twice during that time. It’s fair to say that the big move for the striker didn’t work out and he was never seen at his best for either Birmingham or Cardiff City.

The National League South may well be his level now, but his form is very much an unknown given how the last couple of seasons have gone.

Writer’s View

Birmingham fans may well shudder hearing Vassell’s name given the money that was spent on him. Although his career hasn’t panned out how he would’ve liked, much of that is down to continuous injury problems.

This may well be the last roll of the dice for the former-Blues man and if able to replicate his time with Luton then it could be a very promising signing for the sixth tier side.

That being said, looking at his record in recent years, it is hardly inspiring yet the club are in position where risks can be taken and this seems like a big one.

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