Summer Signing Spending Spree?
This time last year we`d already signed James Vaughan and Steve Morison up front, as well as Elliot Bennett
Anthony Pilkington followed at the beginning of July along with and Bradley Johnson.
So, far various reasons we`re a bit behind this year, and this has given plenty of opportunity for various players to be linked. Let`s take a look at the chances of some of them joining the Hughton Revolution…
Robert Snodgrass is a quality player - seemingly certain to move away from Leeds United, he was quoted as saying he missed his old team mates, Jonny Howson and Bradley Johnson. However, those in the know are now saying he is likely to end up in the claret and blue of Villa rather than in yellow and green.
Stephen Fletcher and Matty Jarvis of Wolves have also been linked, but it`s likely they`ll stay unless they become unsettled for any reason as they look to rebuild.
Worth a Punt:
Matt Mills` move from Reading to Leicester would not appear to have gone to plan. Whilst he moved to play for Sven in search of promotion, he saw Sven sacked, lost the captaincy and got dropped from a mid-table team whilst his previous club stormed to the league title. Mills has not become a bad player overnight and is widely regarded as one of the best defenders outside of the Premier League. Heavily linked with Bolton, the deal is not yet done. Therefore if he is available, he would add to our options at centre back.
Matty Phillips and Thomas Ince were superb for Blackpool last season and would certainly add to the quality in the squad. They both fit the criteria for previous successful signings as being young, hungry and on the way up
Crystal Palace`s teenage starlet Wilfried Zaha has had a great season, impressing in the Carling Cup run. He would be a great addition to the side, offering something different but is also attracting interest from Sunderland and Liverpool.
Highly rated Ghanaian international, Samuel Inkoom is perhaps one of the more 'left field` players to be linked. Quick and strong, he plays for Dnipro of Ukraine under former Spurs manager Juande Ramos, and at the age of 23 is a very promising right back, an area where we are very short of cover.
Despite struggling in the Premier League previously, Curtis Davis had by all accounts a solid season for Birmingham, and if the rumours are true Chris Hughton believes that at 27 Davis is ready to make the step up and perform. Having conceded 66 goals last season, with a large amount due to individual error, the shoe fits as Hughton will definitely look to strengthen in this department (whether or stays or not).
Birmingham`s player of the season Chris Burke would also be a terrific addition to the squad, having scored 14 goals and achieved 19 assists in their run to the play-offs.
Chris Gunter`s name has been hitting our news feeds for almost a year, and with the departure of Adam Drury, his signing would be a good fit. He is also clearly unhappy at Forest, having spoken of his concern for the future of Nottingham Forest in the press.
Looking at the possible additions always produces some excitement for the season ahead. Let`s just hope we can keep the core of the side that took us to 'joint 10th` in the Premier League and push on.