Thanks to recently enforced rule by the Premier League, there are a lot of talented Premiership players that are ineligible to play for their side in the league, and therefore will be hoping to secure moves away to either Football League clubs or ones overseas. It is now up to Millen and the board to take advantage of this rule and help bring in players to fill the positions they had hoped to find in the transfer window.
The rule means that Premiership teams can name a maximum of 25 players over the age of 21. There are a number of clubs that, like us, have more players than they know what to do with. Teams such as Stoke City have excluded a number of established Premier League players from their squad, and will be hoping to find them temporary clubs to reduce the wage bill now that the loan window has opened for lower league teams.
It is no secret that Millen will be on the look out for a new commanding centre-half to replace what Steven Caulker brought us last season. James Wilson is currently occupying the position, and although I would love it if he could step up make that position his own, with only a handful of appearances to his name, it is unlikely we will be able to rely on him for an entire campaign.
Possible candidates include Stoke’s Danny Collins. He is an experienced campaigner at both Championship level and the Premiership. He is only 6ft, but has the dominating presence about him that we have been searching for. Danny Shittu is also available after being snubbed by the QPR selectors.
And to round off the list of ‘Dannys’, Danny Pugh, who can play left-back, is available as well. Whether or not we are in the market for a left-back depends entirely on how Millen sees new recruit Ryan McGivern. If he views him as the second option at left-back then there is little need for another signing there. However, if Millen sees him as a centre-back, then a left-back should be top of the shopping list.
A creative midfielder may also be on Millen’s list. I believe that we have enough midfielders as it is, but I know many fans are hoping to see one more addition to the centre of the park. Michael Tonge is another player that Stoke have left out. The attacking midfielder has only a year left on his contract and will be hoping to fins a new club sooner rather than later.
As well as bringing in players in the loan market, we can also utilise the window to send out a few of the unwanted players from the squad. Damion Stewart was apparently close to agreeing a permanent move away from the club in the Summer window, and could be subject to a loan move if the buying club come back in for him. David Clarkson is another senior pro that doesn’t look like he will be getting a look in any time soon, and will have to go out on loan if he hopes to get some first team football.
All will be revealed in the coming days. The window reopened yesterday, and it will hopefully only be a matter of time before Millen brings in a couple more players to help balance our squad.
That’s all for now,