Relegation to League One could be the making of seven Birmingham City fan children

Relegation to League One could prove to be the making of a talented group of youngsters at Birmingham City. The Blues have dropped down to the third tier for the first time in 30 years after a difficult campaign in the Championship.

One of the strengths that Knighthead have clung to throughout the season is the performance of their youth teams. The Under-18s stormed to a league title, while the Under-21s are fighting for promotion after an impressive performance in the Professional Development League. Steve Spooner’s squad includes a number of players who could be useful assets in League One.

We mustn’t forget that on the fringes of the Blues’ first team is a group of youngsters who could also be key to promotion next term. Here are seven players who could thrive in League One…

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Romelle Donovan

Still only 17 years old, Donovan is the great hope of the Blues academy. He joined the first team permanently under Wayne Rooney and made 10 appearances last season, including two starts.

Donovan dropped back to the under-21s in February and has been a shining light in their rise to promotion. He scored 11 times for the second string from a variety of forward positions.

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