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McLeish says de Ridder must wait

Daniel de Ridder
De Ridder has been a spectator for much of the season

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has told the club website their style of play does not suit winger Daniel de Ridder.

McLeish was reacting to the player's decision to speak out about a lack of first team opportunities at St Andrews, having not played since January.

"He's been available but Olivier Kapo, Gary McSheffrey and Sebstian Larsson were ahead of him," he said.

"I said to Danny a while back that I felt if we were more of a passing team, I may think more about him."

I just think he's more suited to a team that maybe pings the ball about

Alex McLeish
De Ridder has made only 12 appearances since his summer move from Celta Vigo, not featuring since that FA Cup upset against Huddersfield.

"I don't think we're a slick passing team and Danny's used to playing in Dutch and Spanish teams where he's seen a lot of the ball," McLeish added.

"We've put a lot of emphasis on our wide men getting back in and defending while equally trying to get into the opposition box.

"I'm not saying that Danny doesn't do that. I just think he's more suited to a team that maybe pings the ball about."

see also
Sullivan says McLeish will stay
26 Apr 08 |  Birmingham City
Birmingham 2-2 Liverpool
26 Apr 08 |  Premier League
Birmingham sign winger De Ridder
03 Jul 07 |  Birmingham City

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