Bowyer expecting busy summer

Midfielder warns Blues they will have to spend big to cover departures

Bowyer: Summer of uncertainty ahead

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Lee Bowyer claims Birmingham are braced for a summer of change, regardless of what division they are in.

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The Blues have yet to secure their Premier League status for another year, with a recent wobble leaving them second from bottom in the table.

There is now a distinct possibility that they could slip out of the top tier as the current holders of the Carling Cup.

All of those connected with the St Andrews camp are determined to ensure that does not happen, with there still nine games of the campaign remaining.

Experienced heads such as Bowyer will play a crucial role in the survival bid, with the Blues having to dig deep.

There is, however, every chance that the side which finishes this season will be markedly different to the one which begins the next.

Veteran midfielder Bowyer admits as much, with Alex McLeish set to be a busy man over the coming months.

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He told the Birmingham Mail: "There have obviously been changes made from last season, and there will be more.

"So are we going in the right direction?

"I tell you what Birmingham are going to have to do, and that's be busy because they're going to lose a lot of players in the summer and will have to replace them.

"There could be nine or ten players lost. Some are up on a free and are not getting deals.

"We've got a few players on loan - [Alexander] Hleb, [David] Bentley, [Obafemi] Martins, [Matt] Derbyshire. So basically the forward line is Cameron Jerome and Nikola Zigic - they are definite for next season.

"Wide players, Birmingham are probably going to lose Bentley and [Sebastian] Larsson.

"So they've got to spend on so many because unless you can pick up people on a free going the other way, that's what it will take. So it will be interesting to see what they do."

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