We have been busy yet again in the transfer window as we reach the beginning of our second consecutive Premier League season, with 15 players leaving permanently for a total value of £82million, including some players signed just the season before.
Our most emotional goodbye was for Josh Pask, who has been with us since signing on a free transfer from Coventry City after struggling to break into their Championship side. From there, he went on to win two promotions with us and a place in our Premier League squad, finishing up with 137 appearances for us. He joins Championship side Derby County for £1.4million where we wish him the best of luck.
Oliver Burke, Josh Tymon, Oli McBurnie, Falaye Sacko, Lewis Travis, Nathan Tella, Jayden Bogle and John Buckley, all from our Championship Play-Off winning side have all left on permanent deals, with profits made on most players.
As for the relatively unsuccessful signings of Álex Blesa, Caleb Okoli and Adamo Nagalo, they have also departed after one season meanwhile our top scorer from last season joins fellow former striker Oli McBurnie at AEK Athens in Greece where I am sure they will work great together again.
We also began to shift some of our unused youth players who have been out on loan spells with Jonathan Brown leaving us for Sheffield United in an £8.5million deal after joining us for just £1,200 from Canvey Island in 2023. Our very own academy product Geoff Pring-Meechan has also left for Aston Villa in a £9million deal.
In return, we brought in 12 new first-teamers who I believe to be great improvements on those who are currently in the squad and those who have left, racking up a £110million spend in the process.
Bartol Franjic was the first defender to join the club in a £5.5million deal from Bundesliga’s RB Leipzig. He has come in to replace the outgoing Josh Tymon and will scrap for his place with other left-back options of Álvaro Fernández, Tomás Cunha and Felipe Henrique.
Despite signing for Leipzig for £19million last season from Anderlecht, Franjic struggled to make an impact on the first-team, making only two appearances in all competitions. His time with Anderlecht and Dinamo Zagreb was much better, earning him cup and league winners medals.
After the Franjic deal, we decided to improve at centre back, bringing in English centre back George Armstrong from the MLS side Seattle Sounders for a huge £21million fee. He comes in to replace the likes of Josh Pask, Caleb Okoli and Adamo Nagalo who are all departing centre backs.
He signed for Seattle in 2025 for £10million from Stoke City and has made incredible progress during his time there and for a homegrown English centre back, I think we have made a good deal to bring in Armstrong.
However, our main signing at the back was the £18million deal bringing Braga’s David Carmo to the club. He will certainly be a starter in most games this season and I am sure that he will bring much-needed confidence back to the likes of Joe Wollacott to have a player like him defending his goal.
He made 135 league appearances for his boyhood club Braga and won both the Europa Conference League and the Taca de Portugal whilst at Estádio Municipal de Braga.
We felt a key position for us was the centre of midfielder and we first brought in Manchester United’s Federico Navarro for a small £6.5million outlay.
The Argentinian midfielder made 37 appearances in all competitions last season, winning the English League Cup in the process and the year before, winning the UEFA Super Cup.
For a small fee just below the £4million mark, I felt that Brighton’s de la Cruz was a good value for money and a decent squad player on the wing if necessary.
Since his outstanding performances for River Plate in Argentina, Nicolás de la Cruz struggled to find a way into the Brighton team, something that I am looking to change during his time at Swindon.
Luca Sangalli adds an experienced head to our midfield core with three years of Premier League first-team experience with Fulham and impressing whilst being there.
Over four years, Sangalli made 101 appearances for Fulham and even helped on their promotion push from the Championship in 2022-23.
Despite not getting any younger for a winger, I feel that the addition of Jack Harrison for only £11million from the relegated Leeds United was one of our deals of the summer.
For eight years, Harrison was a key part of Leeds United’s first-team squad, taking the Premier League by storm following their 2020 title-winning season in the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa. In 292 appearances, Harrison has scored 55 goals from the wings for the Whites and we hope that he continues to do that in the top-flight for us.
£12million may seem like a lot for a squad player, but I feel like Amoo has a lot of room to grow into despite his limited opportunities for games this season with Harrison in front of him.
Amoo joined Ajax for £21million from Freiburg in 2024 but failed to make much of an impression with players ahead of him in the starting lineup. However, knowing that Ajax valued the player at almost double the price we paid at one stage says to me that there is a good player in Amoo yet.
Despite only playing one full season at Championship level for a Championship team, I am still stunned at how cheap we were able to sign Nathaniel Carey from Nottingham Forest for. At £8million I believe that he is a steal and he will rocket up in value in the squad and in terms of monetary value.
Last season was his key breakthrough season for Forest, making 44 appearances and scoring 5 goals and assisting 5 from the centre of midfield for Mark Bonner’s side. I can’t wait to see how he fares for us at such a young age with such clear talent and potential.
Neuhaus is another great, experienced technical player from the Bundesliga, joining us for £6.5million from Leipzig alongside Franjic.
He has struggled at Leipzig over the past two years but we feel that he can be a key part in our midfield for the upcoming new season.
Joao Pedro was our replacement for McBurnie before we decided to sell up on Yacine Bouziane after spotting a better long-term option for the club. He joins Harrison from Leeds United for only £6million, a fraction of the £27million Leeds paid for him only last summer.
In 11 appearances last year, he scored 4 goals for Leeds as they struggled to stay in the top-flight.
When the 19-year-old top scorer in the Serbian SuperLiga became available for only £5million, we had to say goodbye to Bouziane who was our hero last season. Zarko Nakic looks like a fantastic talent already and a great long term option.
Only in 2024 did he sign for the Serbian champions and immediately score 6 in his first 13 games in 2024-25. This was followed up by his first full season, finishing as the division’s top scorer with 23 goals in 33 games alongside 2 more assists.