So, the in game date is the middle of February, but, hear me out.
We’ve spent another £30m in this transfer window, making signings that will work out for the best, as well as bringing in about £35m in return.
First up, the outgoings.
Several loan signings departed, and whilst, not all paid loan fees, all were having their wages paid.
As well as Gakpo leaving at the start of the window, several players left, including Unai Bustinza, who had been on the fringes of the first team all season, and Pape Cheikh, who despite signing in July, found his chances marginalized by the emergence of Ryan Gauld alongside Yates.
There was one more deal, which, at the time of writing this, was still going through, and that was for Tobias Figueiredo, my vice captain, for whom we had accepted a £25m offer from Inter. It wouldn’t complete until the end of the season, but, would see a welcome bit of money come in for another player, who, due to incoming signings would be on the fringes.
At the end of my last post, I said that we needed a new striker.
One was found, not very long afterwards, in the shape of AC Milan striker, Patrick Cutrone.
For £11m, its not a massive risk, and hes an improvement on what we had before. however, he arrives short on confidence and fitness, having only managed 3 starts in his 14 appearances at the San Siro.
Next up came Scottish U21 centre back, Sam Mitchell. At 17 years old, hes one for the future, however, he’d appeared in the Champions League at Celtic, and again, had the right sort of attributes for what I want, although, with a little bit of work, he’ll be better.
Jordan Thorniley was the next arrival, for a fee of £6m. A solid defender who had been playing at Championship level for the last few seasons, he offers something across the backline, as well as being homegrown.
Finally, at the end of the window, two signings came in that allowed me to deal with the impending departure of Figueiredo, and the departure of Joe Lumley earlier in the window.
First, Mexican central defender, Edson Alvarez arrived from America in his home land, where he had made nearly 150 appearances. A current Mexican international, he will slot in alongside Mepham, and be a vast improvement on our previous centre halves.
Lastly, Predrag Rajkovic came in from AS Roma, for £900k. He’d been appearing at the top of my scouting lists for some time, and had just been transfer listed at Roma, where he had made 4 appearances since signing from Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3 seasons ago. He’d need a preseason workout before coming into the squad, but, he offers a potential improvement on Joel Pereira.