Club: Birmingham City
Position: Central Midfield
Date of Birth: December 2nd 1991
Place of Birth: Derbyshire, England
Previous Club(s): Derby County
Such is the rate at which Jordon Mutch is developing, he has been medically ordered to take a break. To go back to the beginning, the Derbyshire-born youngster spent many years in the Rams’ academy before joining Birmingham City in 2007, when former Derby academy director Terry Westley took him with him on the same move. Westley was able to beat off interest from bigger clubs in the move, and Derby were duly compensated for a 15 year-old who was already representing England at Under-17 level.
So impressed were his new club that The Blues attempted to name him in their match squad for a Carling Cup tie against Blackburn still three months short of his sixteenth birthday. Football Association rules prevented him from playing, so he was to return to Reserve and Under-18 duty, where he was a regular for both teams, logging upwards of 30 matches in the season, and made his way onto the first team subs bench once he’d turned the appropriate age. The match was a tough one, and he was unused by manager Alex McLeish.
Strong in the tackle and able to hold himself against any player, Jordon’s game drives through the middle of the park with ability off either foot. He is, and can be, the complete modern day midfielder.
After joining the Birmingham first-team in their pre-season plans and finally making his professional debut in this season’s Carling Cup, Mutch was ordered to take a period of unspecified rest from the game because his body was growing too fast. He grew 4cm in height in a single month, and a rate of growth that rapid put too much strain on the growth plates in his legs, resulting in potential injury problems. He will have to remain patient as he continues to grow and fill out his huge frame, knowing that when he does come back, he can make good on his vast potential.