Season 2 – End of the Supermarket Sweep

At the end of the last post, I said that I’d continue shopping for players, and see what I could pick up.

I think I did that.

Now, a lot of signings I’ve made, haven’t been made for this season. A fair few are for coming years, and hopefully, will mean I have to spend less in the future.

Pape Cheikh joined as the 3rd option in midfield, being able to play both roles that Ryan Yates and Ivaylo Chochev can play in.

He was transfer listed at OL, and came on fairly low wages.

Joining the same day, was Brentfords Welsh centre half, Chris Mepham. He joins for £9m, of which £5m is spread over 3 years, and another £1m is due after 10 international appearances.

The week after, Vasyl Kravets left on loan to Korea, and was replaced the following day by Stoke left back Josh Tymon. He signs for £10.5m, made up of £2.5m up front, and £8m in 2 installments over 2 years.

After this, young defenders Anthony McNamara and Adrian Sellears joined for minimal fees from Boreham Wood, where they had caught the eyes of the scouting team.

32 year old Brazilian Itto joins, mainly to mentor the younger players due to his ‘perfectionist’ personality.

The next signing was a long drawn out saga, with Leeds full back Lewie Coyle joining for a £5.75m fee. He had thrown in several transfer requests once our interest became known, and the only add on was £1m after 10 international appearances.

18 year old Croatian striker Stjepan Jukic came in for £4.5m, which, was his minimum fee clause, and went back to Dinamo on loan for the season. He is really highly rated by the scouts that watched him, and has a goal every other game in the Croatian U21s.

Portuguese U19 Sandro Meira was purchased from under the noses of Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona. At £4.4m, I may have overpaid, but, the scout reports highlighted the 17 year old as a potential wonderkid.

That concluded the incomings for the transfer window, but with 35 players out on loan, there was still a lot of work to be done to ensure that players were getting match time, and at the correct levels.