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Season 2022/2023: Summer Transfer Window
So after our fantastic season with Vauxhall last term where we qualified for the Champions League, our squad looked almost complete. We were still in need of another winger and a hard tackling defensive midfielder who would help our midfield become even stronger. Let's see how we did in this transfer window.
In total, we sold just one player for £3.5M and released another nineteen players. Ben Purrington, who was sold to Villa, was not a part of my long-term plans and was due to complain about a lack of game time too so I sold him while his value was still high enough. Of the nineteen players released, only Joe Mason and Shane Long were senior players, who got too old. In terms of signings, we signed a total of sixteen players, three senior players and thirteen youth players. The total fee spent was £28.5M. You may be worried that I have bought too much youth over the last couple of seasons, but those youth players who do not make it will be sold for a massive profit, considering the very low fee which each player was signed for.
Senior Squad Signings
These are three signings I am very pleased with. Raheem Sterling is a world class winger with great experience. He will add another dimension to our attack and be a great goal threat for us. Rocha and Luiz were youth players signed who turned out to be too good for the reserves or under eighteens, but not quite ready to play regular first team football. I will have them both tutored and and breed them in slowly. I have a good feeling about these two young stars, they will become big hits.
Reserves & U-18s Signings
I am delighted with the youth I have brought in, there are some very good prospects in there for sure. They were very cheap signings too, which I am pleased with. My youth team is looking very strong right now and I doubt you will find much better around.
I thought I would show you how my senior squad looks like now. We do have a very young squad (youngest in the league) which has a lot of potential and may become the best in the world give a few years of development.
No. Name - Position - Age - CA/PA (FIFA-style ratings)
Goalkeepers1. Edward D'Auria - GK - 21 - 80/89
25. Simon Moore - GK - 32 - 76/76
Defenders2. Niels Andersen - DR - 21 - 78/83
28. Massimiliano Manzella - DR - 17 - 69/88
4. Emiliano Cervantes - DC - 20 - 85/92
23. Pejo Susnic - DC - 20 - 82/86
26. George Gilhaney - DC - 21 - 80/84
5. Brad McKay - DC - 29 - 77/77
30. Jefferson Luiz - DC - 18 - 72/90
3. Dominic Karim - DL - 25 - 81/85
37. Stewart Wallace - DL - 18 - 68/84
Midfielders21. Alfredo Peña - DM - 18 - 76/85
22. Gonçalo Rocha - DM - 17 - 71/90
14. Tony Garbutt - MC - 24 - 82/85
8. Gary Gardner - MC - 30 - 80/80
16. Andrew Casey - MC - 20 - 79/86
10. Sander Kaljuste - MC - 21 - 78/82
15. Raheem Sterling - AMR - 27 - 83/85
17. Jamie Walker - AMR - 29 - 75/75
7. Callum Walker - AML - 23 - 83/87
11. Tom Ince - AML - 30 - 82/82
Strikers9. Euan Smith (C) - ST - 28 - 76/76
18. Abdelmemoune Medaci - ST - 18 - 72/91
29. Javier Esnal - ST - 18 - 70/86
The squad is looking very strong right now. I would like to replace Jamie Walker next season, which is something I will take note of. We do lack proper talent up front. Euan Smith has had some injury problems and is on the decline, while both Medaci and Esnal are young and not yet developed to a Premier League standard, let alone Champions League standard. Javier Esnal and Stewart Wallace were promoted to the senior team after playing fantastic football for the U18s team last season. I think that our squad is strong enough to continue challenging for a Champions League spot over the next couple of years. We have a very young squad too and we have many players who have the potential to become world class players. Hopefully we can do very well this season.