Priority number one. Sign Pontus Jansson. Two, three and four? Pablo Hernandez, Kyle Bartley and Hadi Sacko. After that or even before Garry Monk will want o strengthen the side. In all fairness most of the squad is very strong and that’s without the likes of Liam Bridcutt and Stuart Dallas. We should always look to improve and there are players who could push us on and are realistic targets that aren’t in the plans currently.
Who and where?
David Nugent – Middlesbrough
The striker is still potent at this level. After dropping down from Leicester City to help the Boro promotion push he found it more than comfortable scoring goals again. He was pushed out by the incoming Jordan Rhodes and didn’t really get back into the side. This season it’s much the same in the Premier League. Alvaro Negredo, Jordan Rhodes and the system are all up against him. Quick and will run the channels, a different option to what we have and always good for a goal. would compliment Wood well in situations where he needs a partner.
Marc Pugh – Bournemouth
A player that has simply been squeezed out as Bournemouth continue to grow as a Premier League club. Jordan Ibe, Jack Wilshire and Max Gradel have all entered the midfield since the Cherries were promoted and that alone suggests that Bournemouth might well have outgrown some of the players who got them where they are. Tommy Elphick, now at Villa and of course our boy Eunan O’Kane have both left for that exact reason. Pugh, a clever winger who would add quality to any side in the Championship currently and not in the plans.
Fraizer Campbell – Crystal Palace
Once upon a time Campbell was one of the hottest properties in the Premier League. Injuries halted that, then patch form and most simply, game-time has stalled his career completely now. People will point out the odd substitute appearance at Palace, the odd goal in the cup but realistically he isn’t going to be a first-choice or even second of third for them now, so come on down. More than able to help a side push for promotion, lightening quick and can score goals. Someone will sign him at some point, it’s probably a matter of wages and ambition.
Callum McManaman – West Bromwich Albion
Anlother player who has a low centre of gravity, very good with the ball at his feet and very quick. Not really in the plans at West Brom but with a small squad they may not be willing to part with the winger. Matt Phillips, Nacer Chadli and James McLean all in good form for the Baggies who are looking quite handy this season. Was Tony Pulis’s first signing at The Hawthorns and frustrated him at times going to ground to easily (in the opinion of Pulis). I think he would be a great signing for any Championship club, maybe he’s more likely to move on to a lower Premier League club if any.