Even though the promotion comes as a bit of a surprise. Theres a plan in place.
Recruitment of young prospects still continues, and the money available is spent on picking several up.
As well as that, we have a new affiliate, Numancia in Spain, where hopefully, we can send a few players to gain experience in a very competitive environment.
Several players were let go, and money was raised by selling fringe players on.
Blas Sever (20, DC, ARG) – Seattle Sounders – £8.5m
The young Argentinian centre back signs on a 5 year deal. Strong, and with experience in the MLS. Will walk straight into the side. Has massive resale value.
Ben Davies (24, DC, ENG) – Preston North End – £4.5m
Over 100 games experience at Championship level, counts towards the home grown quota. Will be in the starting rotation in terms of centre backs.
Lloyd Kelly (21, LB, ENG) – Bristol City – £4m
Another home grown talent, with over 50 games in the Championship. Again, resale value due to age.
Michalis Oikonomakos (17, ST, GRE) – Panionios – £1m
Full Greek international at 17 years old. Potentially the long term replacement for Grabban. Needs some work, but, will be a very good player in the future.
Milos Alexov (18, DM, SRB) – Partizan Beograd – £1m (On loan at Numancia)
Young Serbian midfielder, very good in the air despite his size. In Spain for at least a season until he can gain a work permit.
Ryan Edmondson (19, ST, ENG) – Leeds United – £800k
Strong aerial presence, and holds the ball up well. Had a decent season on loan at Rochdale prior to joining us.
Daniel Adshead (18, MC, ENG) – Rochdale – £575k (On loan at Coventry)
Young playmaker prospect, good in the areas I want to develop. Sent on loan for first team football.
Bruno Paz (22, DM, POR) – Sporting CP – £525k
With Alexov in Spain, we need a second DM to provide competition to Diogo Gomes. Paz is more of a ‘team player’, and is more determined than his countryman.
Ethan Laird (18, DR, ENG) – On loan from Manchester United
Cover for Costinha, with the intention of him pushing the Portuguese full back for a starting place by Christmas.
Alex Milosevic – Cremonese – £3m
Tobias Figuieredo – Reading – £3m
Theres still 3 weeks of the transfer window left as the English window shuts, I expect a couple more departures, with Sergio Reguilón at the forefront of interest from Spain.