Early Bird Gets The Worm
When I first came to the club, I had a plan set out: out with the old, in with the new.
I wasn't given the biggest of budgets to work with, but I knew if I managed to offload the deadwood and bring in some young, cheap talent that had the potential to develop not only would I end up with a better squad but I could have the chance to make some profits.
Striker was the position I knew didn't need any reinforcing. Nathan Delfouneso, Steven Davies, Ricardo Fuller and Michael Chopra were all Championship quality, and with the added competition in place, hopefully it would drive all of them on to impress me in training.
Midfield we needed maybe one more backup in case of an injury to Barry Ferguson, Isaiah Osbourne, Angel or Neal Bishop. But I'm still pretty certain that right back is our main worry. I'll look to bring in another central defender, but I'd like to be able to sign a right back as Bradley Orr is the only natural option. Kirk Broadfoot can play there but I'd like to have a long term option in that spot.
I switched around most of my transfer money into the wage budget to play this player's wages. His stats are amazing for this level and despite him and Daddy touring England looking for a club (in real life) I intend to keep him.
*Note* I think he was going to get grounded once he got home to Daddy.
I also decided to dig into some of this wage budget by activating clauses in both of Matt Gilks' and Barry Ferguson's contracts, extending them for one more season.
Now it got to the deadwood. Some players were still here from the Holloway reign and some had been brought in by my predecessor, Paul Ince. Nathan Tyson was a player that didn't impress me at all, and I wasn't about to pay 7k a week for a striker with eight finishing - equal to Neal's Chilean regen right back
I don't think anyone else
was impressed, as no one would go for him, even at the most cut price of deals.
What I intended to do was swift through my scout reports, all coming from my new scout team, and raid the best of the free transfer market. I managed to sign up centre back Mark Howard on a free, but my main plan of finding a good right back was thwarted as my physios reported back he was injured for a couple of months.
I also attended an England trial game, where some release youngsters put their skills on show. I was impressed by three of them, and subsequently snapped them up. None of them were potential world beaters, but they were cheap, they could beef up our youth squad, and I could sell them on in the future.
I signed three: Thomas Donegan, Adam Nkusu Landu and Dean Santangelo. Nkusu Landu rejected a certain Olympique Lyon in signing for us.
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