Kerim Frei benched for the 6th time against Newcastle United despite Zola praising the Birmingham City winger last week
Birmingham City held Newcastle United to a goalless draw at St Andrew’s on Sunday 18 March.
Turkish international winger Kerim Frei was included in the match day squad but did not feature for the Blues.
Frei has now been benched six times and this is third time he has been an unused substitute.
The 23-year-old winger has made just three stats since joining the Championship side from Besiktas, playing a total of 371 minutes.
Blues head coach Gianfrance Zola decided not to use his January signing despite praising his display following the 1-1 draw against Cardiff City last week.
Zola revealed that the introduction of Frei and Che Adams proved to be a pivotal moment for his side.
The Italian manager was quoted in the Birmingham Mail as saying: “There was a moment when the goal unsettled us, but I think when we changed, Kerim [Frei] came on the pitch and we changed with Che [Adams] and we had something more going forward. That created a lot more opportunities.”
Frei played a role in Besiktas winning the Turkish league title last season and featured in the Black Eagles Champions League campaign over the 2016-17 campaign.
The young winger left the Istanbul giants in pursuit of regular first team football but has struggled for regular playing time so far at Birmingham.