In With the New
Welinton: 24 years old,
, (DC) - £180,000 from Flamengo.
A large, strong centre back to marshal the defence after the sales of Saiss and Genton. I was cheekily asked by a journalist if I thought that, as he was tipped as a star for the future, his career had stalled. Disgusted that he could even suggest that I stormed out of the press conference.
Adrien Regattin: 21 years old,
, (AMR/L) - Loan from Toulouse FC
A young, pacey winger who offers more brute force than players like Bonnet but still has solid technique. Having performed well last season, making 27 appearances and contributing 3 goals, it was a bit of shock to see him on the loan list. However, Toulouse's loss is my gain.
Jean-Paul Boetius: 19 years old,
, (AML/R) - Loan from Feyenoord
A very similar player to Regattin. He perhaps doesn't have the same panache as Regattin but will offer a solid backup to Mesloub or Bonnet.
Florian Galley: 19 years old,
, (AMC) - Free transfer (previously at Marseille)
So, having scouted him at Marseille, I thought "this guy looks decent". When I saw they had released him my thoughts changed slightly to "what in God's name are they playing at????" Galley looks quality. Not at the moment but give him a few years and he'll be the next Valbuena.