Blues' Brandon Khela talks about his heritage

Blues' Brandon Khela talks about his heritage

Brandon Khela wants to be a role model for British South Asians in football.

The Blues midfielder has enjoyed a fantastic year, representing both the Under-18s and Under-23s across the season alongside training with Lee Bowyer's First Team.

Last term, he featured 14 times in the league for Martyn Olorenshaw's side and on eight occasions for Steve Spooner's development squad, earning himself a spot in Lee Bowyer's matchday party for February's trip to Stoke City.

These efforts have culminated in a call-up for the England Under-17s who have two friendly matches in Spain next month, with BluesTV taking the opportunity to catch up before the 17-year-old heads off on international duty.

During the conversation, Khela discussed his heritage and the motivation that provides him at the start of his football career.

He said: "My family is British South Asian, born and bred here in Birmingham. South Asians, there are not many in the game and I want to be the light and shine a bit of belief on the kids coming up - see someone on the TV and promote more South Asians coming through.

"You can count the number of people professionally, south Asians, on your hands. Seeing not many people out there, that is probably a reason why not many kids go forward on this pathway and that route.

"I want to be that one that goes through and promotes youngsters."

You can watch Khela's full interview below.