Dann welcomes Blues additions
Scott Dann reckons any January arrivals at Birmingham City will bring out the best in the current squad.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 14/11/09 12:45pm
Birmingham City defender Scott Dann reckons any January arrivals at St Andrews will bring out the best in the current squad and aid their quest to secure Premier League football next year.
Dann is half of the defensive double-act which has been a rock for the promoted club since their return to the Premier League this season.
The centre-back has formed a formidable partnership with fellow summer recruit Roger Johnson at the heart of the Blues rearguard and the pair can take the plaudits after a three-game unbeaten run against top-half opposition.
Five points have been accrued against Liverpool, Manchester City and Sunderland in recent matches and the Midlanders could argue a case for being unfortunate not to take maximum points from the trio of fixtures.
Monday's draw at Anfield was marred by the contentious David Ngog penalty decision, while three points against City would have been achieved but for the spot-kick heroics of Shay Given to complement the previous victory over the Black Cats.
It is common knowledge that Blues boss Alex McLeish is looking to spend new owner Carson Yeung's riches - up to £40 million - in the January transfer window in a bid to assure his side's top-flight status.
But Dann insists he is ready to fight for his first team place when McLeish brings in new blood in the New Year.
"We've met the new owners and the lads know they're willing to put a bit of money into things," said the former Coventry City performer.
"That can only bode well for the players, the manager and the club. We can maybe bring in more players of better quality than we could have before.
"It will maybe push people for places and hopefully get us safe in the Premier League.
"It is a challenge for current players but I think the more competition there is for places, means it will bring out the best in yourself.
"I'm all for it. I'm sure the rest of the players are too.
"The more players that come in means you have more chance of not being in the team, but you have to knuckle down and try your hardest to get in and stay in - and show you are good enough."