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Time For An Overhaul

With the squad likely to be VERY different come the start of next season, Owlsonline member Tylluan looks at some of the players he thinks could make a difference for Wednesday in the next campaign.

Darren Moore should already have a list of players he would like to get onboard, from his time at Doncaster, and I believe it would be transferable to us; but my list is below. To be honest it's just a quick skim of what's potentially out there and what would fit.

I’m going on the assumption that none of our ‘stars’ that have contracts ending will be staying. That leaves us with.
Wildsmith, Dawson (plus the academy keepers)
Iorfa, Dunkley, Borner, Palmer
Luongo, Dele-Bashiru, Bannan, Green (if he’s staying)
Adedoyen, Paterson, Windass

So I’ve looked at players to plug the gaps. I’ve also taken into account our possible financial constraints and gone for loans or players coming to the end of their contracts.

First off, I’d give one year extensions to Brennan, Waldock, Hunt and Hughes. They provide cover and I think there’s potential there.
I’d also give a one year extension to Hutchinson and Penney, but I’d push Penney further up the pitch as an out and out wide player and cover for Green (if he’s staying)

Goalkeepers
Already said we should be aiming for Alex Palmer but just seen Jordan Archer has been bench warming at Middlesbrough and his contract runs out in June. He did ok at Millwall so he could be an alternative idea if we look for a permanent first choice.

Defenders
Reece James - Left Back (contract ending)
Currently at Donny and I’d like Moore to go back and get him. Ever present since he joined from Sunderland. Strong tackler and very solid. Eye for goal too with 7 goals this season.

Jack Tucker Centre Half (contract ending)
Currently at Gillingham and gained a lot of interest in his breakthrough last season. Fat boy Evans tried to start a bidding war between Celtic and Rangers and Leeds, West Ham, and Southampton all regularly sent scouts to watch him. He’s stalling on a new contract in the hope he’ll get a bigger club so I don’t hold out any hope he’d come to us but it depends if Moore could sell his track record of bringing younger players on. He’s very assured in his defending and does make it look easy at times. He’s a lot like Jon Stones was at Barnsley.

Midfielders
Josh Sims - Right Winger (contract ending)
An intriguing one. Moore had to persuade Southampton to take him to Donny and he’s had a dream. I think it was a shop window move and Southampton did try and cash in, in January, but got no takers so he’s a free agent in June. Spent most of his Southampton career out on loan so I don’t think they’ll offer another contract. Did an interview in Southampton local press, early Jan, where he said he loved playing for Moore and wanted to extend his stay at Doncaster if it was possible.

Patrick Sontheimer - Centre mid (contract ending)
Currently playing Bundesliga 2 but was on Forest’s radar last summer. He’s only 22, so could bring him across as an academy player and see how he gets on. Primarily defensive mid but can get up and down the pitch as well.

Forwards
Chuks Aneke (contract ending)
Having an absolute worldy at Charlton, out of contract in June and stalling on a new one. Ex Arsenal youth. Averaging just over 1 in 2 this season. Was injured for a lot of 19/20 but scored 19 in 41 for Mk Dons in 18/19. At 27 I think his age will put a lot off but I’d take a punt. He’s an out and out striker. Don’t expect assists but his movement off the ball is sublime.

Folarin Balogun (loan)
Arsenal u23 star forward and if he re-signs then they’ll push him out on loan. 19 years old and been playing in their 23s set up since he was 16. 1 in 2 average in every season he’s played. Only 5’ 8” but very quick and good feet. Been likened to Jermaine Defoe.

Freddie Ladapo (buy)
Another 27 year old. Contracted til June 2022 but Rotherham will listen to offers and he has a buy out clause (rumoured to be around £500-600k). I tracked him last season for another Championship club but they changed managers and didn’t take him. Up to that point he was on his way to another club wearing blue and white stripes. His league 1 stats are immense but I think he could step up and the movement, pace, and goal against us shows what he can do. 17 in 39 in the 19/20 season and 19 in 49 in 18/19

Nelson Olivera (contract ending)
Currently at Athens but wants to come back to England. Just over 1 in 3 for both Norwich and Reading in the Championship. Currently on Forest’s radar. 29 years old.

I still think Lawrie Shankland could do a job in the Championship and Jason Cummings intrigues me. He’s hit 4 in 5 games this season and it’ll be interesting to see if he keeps it up. I know he’s not done well in England previously but has admitted he didn’t exactly apply himself.

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Unread article 11/03/2021 at 13:24

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