Academy graduate, Connal Trueman is set to depart the club for League 1 outfit, Swindon Town on an emergency loan deal. This deal comes as a result of The Robins’ goalie, Jojo Wollacott picking up an injury before last weekend’s fixture.
Trueman spent the first half of this season on loan at AFC Wimbledon in League 1, continuing to develop and gain first team experience after Blues bought in Andres Prieto in the summer as the understudy to Neil Etheridge.
During his short stint at The Dons, Trueman played 19 league games, keeping four clean sheets, with Wimbledon currently in the relegation places on goal difference.
After making his debut under Garry Monk against Norwich in a 2-2 draw on the opening day of the 18/19 season, the 24 year old has gone onto play 11 more times when he replaced the out of form Lee Camp mid way through the 19/20 season. He showed early signs of promise but was soon replaced after conceding 22 goals, including 5 against Leeds, with no clean sheets.
Swindon are in a deep goalkeeper crisis currently with previously mentioned, Wollacott also being brought in on an emergency loan from Bristol City after Mancester United youngster, Matej Kovar was recalled in January.
Trueman will no doubt go right into the Swindon side who sit 18th in the division, fighting relegation alongside Trueman’s former team, Wimbledon. With upcoming games against Sunderland and Accrington, he’ll be hoping to kick on and propel himself into the mind of Aitor Karanka for next season, providing the Spaniard remains at the club.
With Trueman now at the age of 24, one would’ve thought he’d be fighting for a starting birth at Blues or even secured himself as number 1 having joined Blues in 2007 at the age of 10. His promise seems to be over, especially if he finds himself unable to make an impact at Swindon and with both Etheridge and Prieto both being favoured over him, by the end of the season, Trueman’s time at the club could well be up with him not being able to show the quality required of him at Championship level.