Andre Dozzell wants to perform at Birmingham City to clear any worries about his future.
After signing on loan from Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers, the silky-skilled midfielder made his Blues debut against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, losing 1-0. Dozzell was manager Tony Mowbray’s first signing, and he pursued the 24-year-old for five years before securing him.
Dozzell is aware of Mowbray’s longtime interest in him. “Before I came here he did tell me that,” he went on to say. “Things in football are difficult to do, especially with money, but now is the moment for me to come here and hopefully repay that.
“Everyone has been very kind, both the players and the staff. I knew a couple of the guys before I came in, so it’s been fairly simple. Even outside of football, figuring out where to go and where to stay has been simple.”
Dozzell, whose father Jason briefly played with Mowbray at Ipswich Town in 1997, has joined the Blues to assist them improve their possession game. On his full debut against Albion, Dozzell demonstrated composure in tight spaces as well as the ability to execute precise forward passes.
“Everyone is buying into it,” Dozzell remarked of the Blues’ change in style under Mowbray. “Everyone understands what they need to do on the pitch. It’s quite evident. We need to keep believing in the gaffer and doing the right things, and perhaps our luck will change.”
Dozzell is initially on loan for six months, but the Blues intend to make the deal permanent in the summer. After one start, Dozzell is obviously keeping his cards close to his chest, but if he performs well, the Blues will want to keep him.
When asked about his future, Dozzell said, “I don’t look too far. I need to come here, play well, and everything will
“Hopefully it will take care of itself.”