@joshhartley17072 reviews the incomings in this summer’s transfer window so far…
The arrival of Tony Mowbray came after the departure of Owen Coyle after a poor three-quarters of the season. The fans response to Tony was uncertain, as we did not know what to expect. Following the relegation of our club, proudly supported by great fans, the mighty Mowbray has seemed to turn Venky’s heads to spending some money to bring in some needed players.
Mowbray has talked about having a mix of “soldiers and artists,” and Mowbray has done that
The first of our six signings was 32 year old, Peter Whittingham, who signed on a 2-year deal at Ewood from Cardiff City. Whittingham is a set-piece specialist, a versatile midfielder who will play a big role at the club. The second was Richie Smallwood, A holding and hard-working midfielder who signed on a 2-year deal at Ewood. Both experienced leader in themselves will play a massive part in the “Push for promotion” this season.
Bradley Dack, so far my favourite signing this summer due to him having a good pre-season and being a proven League One player, signed on a three-deal for £750,000. The fourth player is highly rated Ben Gladwin who joins on a two-year deal from QPR for an undisclosed fee,
Rovers also signed striker Dominic Samuel from Reading. The pacey and dangerous striker signed for an undisclosed fee and has worked with Tony at Coventry City where he scored six goals in 12 games in the 2014-15 season. The final signing so far is 29 year old, Paul Caddis, who impressed on his trial at the club. An excellent player at full back and doesn’t pull out in for a challenge. Some areas of his game can be improved, such as in the air but overall a quality player. He has scored two in pre-season at the time of writing – both against York.
There was mixed responses from the Rovers fans about the striker on trial, Joe Nuttall. The striker who bagged a hat trick for the under 23s last week versus Darwen and then two versus Ramsbottom. Joe played in the friendlies against York and Morecambe. Personally, Joe is a young lad who has good movement off and on the ball and only young at 20 years old. I would say sign him on a year’s long deal with an option of a 2nd year, play him in the development squad and possibly send him out on loan. Joe can be our 3rd/4th choice striker at the moment but I still say we need one more permanent striker and a loan striker just to boost our squad.
Who would everyone else like to see being brought into the club? We would love to see your responses, either comment below or on our Twitter!
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