5 out (Bean,Balkenstein,Wood,Woodman,Osbourne) and 4 in (Craig,El Aghuri,Dean,Forshaw), 2 of which were on loan last season. With only 2 weeks to go im a little worried our squad is a bit the same as last year with only 2 real new additions. Add to that we have lost 2 cb and a lb and only replaced 1. Im trying not to be pesamistic but overall im not really that impressed with our summer activity. Fingers crossed something happens next week.
Dallas is also an "in" whilst Eger (and technically Alexander) are also "outs". Three of those you mentioned (Wood, Pim, Woodman) barely featured last season so not certain they need to be "replaced" though other than with loans / good academy players as needed.
We definitely need a left back though and realistically one more striker as an absolute bare minimum
Beesotted with Brentford...
Football is not a matter of life or death, it's more important than that.
Stormbee, appreciate it's getting close to the start of the season but just look at the majority of clubs all of which are still trying to get players in and out. I have no doubt that more players will be arriving be it signed or loanees. The trickle effect from the top will come into play, eg Chelsea want to bring in more but have to release some first, they will be taken up somewhere with players further down the pyramid becoming surplus !!
As it stands I believe our squad is better than it was, we have some decent ball players and fully expect our midfield to score goals this season. Yes would be lovely to have a proven striker but that costs money. Think that Mathews comments re juniors is appropriate. We are building from bottom up with no big signings, and that to me seems the way forward even if we have to show a little more patience!!
If a triallist is successful then I guess its a cheap addition .They wont be main signing targets who I guess we can expect in the next week or so.
Hypnotise the lot of 'em !
You cannot underestimate the importance genuine team unison and utilising players to create a synergy has on performance (sorry for the buzzwords). Alf Ramsey, Clough & Fergie (not Blackeyed Peas one) all managed to bring the best out of teams rather than merely collecting the most gifted players together. The Gallacticos of Real Madrid won less than the sum of it's parts would have suggested.
Stuart Lancaster is taking this approach with his new look England rugby squad and I predict he will do well because of it
I see Uwe building a geniuely good squad with each player playing to their strengths in their positions within his method. He has brought in known quantities (Dean & Forshaw) which is a huge plus (how many "good" signings have we made close season to see them shipped out or loaned as they haven't lived up to expectation), a solid Championship quality leader, a bit of a gamble in Farid and one for the future in Dallas.
I would suggest that we have gone 5 steps forward and one back (KO). There is still time and if we could make another couple of steps forward (which could, instead of new signings, be Reeves & Oyeleke really stepping up), coupled with a fanatstic team spirit, we can be right up there challenging!
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I continue to be impressed (and grateful) for the progress the Club is making literally across the board, the land at Kew, the superb Milk Cup result, and not least in the context of these posts the ability of the Management Team to attract quality, experienced people like Craig and to fend off the competition for guys with real potential like Farid and Dallas.
The future in the wider sense hasn't looked brighter for generations IMO.
I'll be damned: that post is probably one of the best ones seen on here for some time and fully explains where we are and where we are going extremely well put and gives some real clarity
So any potential signings on the way? It's all gone abit quiet.
Just abit concerned our curresnt squad still isnt strong enough to challenge for promortion.
There's still time, but Rosler wouldn't have been around for the last week. I expect that steps were taken forward in terms of signings, but maybe wait until this week or next....
I don't expect loads more in, one or two but we'll have to wait and see.
It is a diffuclt situation that needs patience and diplomacy.
We all know we want Bidwell and there is obviously a date by which time Everton have promised a decision. If not I am sure there is a plan B.
As for the strikers I am sure we are in competition for our desired option(s) and again, as we come into August then players and their agents will make their mind up.
I think the next 10 days are crucial and that I would expect 2-3 incomings within that period.
MW also mentioned the possibility of getting two Sporting Lisbon players on loan, I doubt he would mention it if there wasn't a good chance it could happen. My thoughts are that it may already be agreed in principle, but like most teams they will want them training with them up until the latest possible point before they are needed by their loan clubs, espcecially given they are based in Portugal they cannot go back and train a couple of days a week like most loanees.
I think the addition of Dallas and Forshaw have helped.
We done well towards the end of the season after what can only be best described as a slow start to the use of our new formation. I think we got the players to play the creative stuff we want to see already and we should now see much more improved play from our boys.