Farewell to loan duo

Blues would like to place on record their thanks to Jake Clarke-Salter and Scott Hogan after their return to their parent clubs.

Clarke-Salter joined Blues on a season loan in August and went on to make 23 appearances, scoring once.

The Chelsea defender had to bide his time initially as the Harlee Dean - Marc Roberts centre-half pairing held sway.

But he began to establish himself as a regular and his impressive performances ensured that competition for the backline spots remained intense.

Hogan made a stunning impact after joining Blues in January from Aston Villa.

He netted seven goals in eight games and earned the Championship Player of the Month award.

After football returned after a three-month break due to COVID-19, Hogan wasn't able to add to his tally.

But his contribution, like Clarke-Salter's, was nonetheless significant.