LoanWatch Wrap-up

08/05/2023 37comments  |  Jump to last

The Keepers:

Harry Tyrer (Chester FC - National League North). 21 years old. Contract thru June 2025.

52 games (46 in the League), 4700+ minutes. Harry anchored Chester to a 3rd Place finish with the lowest GA (42) in the League. 21 clean sheets in all competitions, 18 in 46 in the League.

Away from stats, Harry got his first taste of the full-season grind of game after game, month after month. Home/Away supporters cheering/cursing him as opposed to playing in empty stadia or on a practice pitch being watched by some delivery man, for a few minutes, through a chain link fence.

And despite playing so many levels lower, a 6-yard box is a 6-yard box, so 52 games getting all the knees, elbows and kicks to shake off. In every way, a successful loan stint.

He's too good a prospect to play that far down the leagues, though. With Pickford signed thru 2027, the Club has to find Harry a club in, at least, League 1 for next season to continue his development, and let's see what happens. Chester manager's recent comments on Tyrer's career potential:

Joao Virginia (#1). Cambuur - Eredivisie. 23-years old. Contract thru June 2024.

Played his last game on 21 January. After which the manager said, “He has made too many of the same kinds of mistakes in recent weeks, which made the team restless.” Not good. Hasn't played since.

One year left on his contract, owed £520,000, the Club will have to find some club somewhere to take Joao on loan for his last season with us. He's 24 come October and will never be big-league quality.

The Goners

Lewis Gibson. Bristol Rovers - League One. 22 years old. Contract ends June 30.

33 appearances (31 in the League), 2,500+ minutes. His highest number of single-season appearances in his professional career. However, that's 33 in the 54 games Rovers played. The games Lewis missed were due to one injury or another. Because when he was healthy, Lewis went straight into the starting team.

When held out due to one of his injuries, manager Joey Barton basically summed up Gibson's career so far. "Obviously, because of his previous history, we're keen not to rush him back... . . . . . The problem for us is getting him out on the grass and that has been the problem his whole career. He is clearly a talented boy."

Which is really too bad for Gibby. So, stay healthy this Summer, Lewis, and best of luck to you finding a new club for next season.

Ryan Astley. Accrington Stanley - League One. 21 years old. Contract ends June 30.

32 appearances (23 in the League), 2,900 minutes. Ryan played 90 minutes per 19 straight games, then injuries started happening. Went out injured during a game on 4 FEB and didn't play another minute the rest of the season; including not making the bench.

Small for a CB, Ryan backs down to no one and a pretty neat footballer too. Hopefully, he's close to full fitness and finds a club come the Summer.

Nathan Broadhead. Wigan - Championship. 25 years old. Contract thru June 2024.
22 league appearances, 1,100+ minutes. Nathan was in the First-11 rotation at Wigan. Scored 5 goals. Recalled by the Club on 6 Jan, Nathan signed a new contract on 9 Jan with Ipswich Town, thru 2026.

Into the starting line-up, gave free-scoring Ipswich 8 goals and 6 assists in 19 games. Also, while on the “Up” escalator with promoted Ipswich, waved good luck to Wigan on the “Down” one. All-in-all, a good season for Nathan and best of luck to him.

Niels Nkounkou (#27). Saint-Etienne - France Ligue 2. 22 years old. Contract thru June 2024.

33 appearances (15 at Saint-Etienne w/4 games left), 2,500+ minutes. Played 18 games with Cardiff City, who stopped playing him mid-Dec, basically forcing a recall by the Club in January, who loaned him back out to Saint-Etienne.

So far at Saint Etienne, Niels is lighting it up; 6 goals and 7 assists from the left flank. Pacy and quick with a terrific left foot, never got a sniff with us. Rumor has him gone this next window. Which would hardly be a surprise. So, good luck Niels, wherever you land.

Players Recalled Early

Ellis Simms. Sunderland - Championship. 22 years old. Contract thru June 2024.

17 appearances in the League, 1,200+minutes. Missed 7 games with ligament injury to foot. Scored 7, added a couple of assists. The Club recalled Ellis on 30 Dec. Has played intermittently since. One year left on his contract, be curious to see what happens with him this Summer.

Tyler Onyango. Forest Green - League One. 21 years old. Contract thru 2025.

Between loan spells at Burton Albion and Forest Green, Tyler made 27 appearances, 1,500+ minutes. At BA, he saw little light for the first dozen or more games, then worked his way into the First-11 rotation and stayed there.

Recalled in January and loaned back out to Ferguson at Forest Green. Immediately into the First-11, when in his 3rd game there tore his right hamstring. Recalled to the Club for surgery and shut down for the season.

Tyler progressed his first season out of U-Ball. Barely playing, then playing steady in his clubs' First-11 rotation shows he put the work in to improve his game and impress his managers.

For all that, he's still raw. Has some pace AND skill. Also really tall for a midfielder, which can't hurt. First, he needs to heal. Apparently, the injury was a bad one. Then, a club other than Forest Green next season. They're relegated to League 2. Tyler needs a club higher up than them. I say look to the Championship rather than back to League 1.

Dele Alli. Bensiktas - Turkey Super Lig. 27 years old. Contract thru June 2024.

15 appearances, 830 minutes, 3 goals. Recalled to the Club early April and underwent hip surgery. Shut down for the season.

Nothing's changed, or going to, with Dele. He's simply cashing checks. Will he even work hard to rehab from the injury? One more season to go. Owed 5 million. Anybody's guess what happens next.

Legitimate Potential

Tom Cannon (#28). Preston NE - Championship. 20 years old. Contract thru 2025.

20 appearances (19 in the League w/last game tomorrow), 1,700+minutes. 8 goals and 1 assist. If we add in U-23 and tournament play, Tom scored 20 in 39 this season. Showing plenty of promise.

Tom is pacy and quick both and can control and smack the ball with either foot. And he has the predator's instinct. He wants the ball. Still raw, Tom needs a bigger challenge. I'd suggest offering him on loan to one of the 3 clubs relegated from the Prem this season (Naming no names).

Lewis Dobbin. Derby County - League One. 20 years old. Contract thru June 2025.

54 appearances (43 in the league), 2,600+ minutes. 5 goals and 6 assists, could and should have had more of both. Successful first year out of U-Ball, Lewis was integrated into the First-11 rotation immediately and stayed there throughout. Played on both wings and occasionally in the #10, towards the end of the season he was played almost exclusively as a late-game sub. The length of the season might have worn him down some.

He is skilled, but his shooting game is raw and needs developing. All up to Lewis. there. For sure he has the quickness and pace. Like young Cannon, Dobbin should be offered on loan to one of the 3 clubs that get relegated from the Prem. He can't go back to League 1. Athletically alone, he's too good for that league.

Jarrad Branthwaite (#22). PSV - Eredivisie. 21 in June. Contract thru June 2025.

34 appearances (24 in the league w/2 games to go), 2,450+ minutes. Another successful loan spell for one of our youngsters. Jarrad took the first half of the season to adjust to the league AND PSV's way of doing. Interestingly, while his minutes were few then, Ruud used Jarrad for important league and European tournament games.

When the league restarted after the WC, Jarrad made one of the CB slots his own and has kept it, except for missing a couple games to injury/illness. He's played CL and Europa tourneys and PSV is sitting 2nd in the Eredivisie.

Rumor has PSV already made an offer for him. Others will too, especially if we go down. On top of which is our financial logjam at CB, £17 million in wages per season the next 2 years affecting Jarrad's future with Everton. Hope we can keep him.

The Maybe

Lewis Warrington. Fleetwood Town - League One. 20 years old. Contract thru June 2024.

46 appearances (38 in the League), 3,500 minutes. First year out of U-Ball a tremendous success. Town manager's #1 go-to midfielder, Lewis played in every kind of midfield configuration from #10 to single DM in front of a back four and any other in between the manager came up with.

Needs to go out next season to a top half Championship club and let's see if he can have the same impact there as in League 1. And extend his contract another year.

If he's not athletic or skillful enough for the Championship next season, we'll find out soon enough and can sell his contract to a lower league team. Lewis would have suitors.


Reader Comments (37)

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Robert Tressell
1 Posted 08/05/2023 at 10:06:34
Great stuff again James. Sadly the R word could be the making of some of these loan players, giving them game opportunities at the right level, at the right time.

Cannon, Simms, Dobbin, Warrington - maybe Onyango, even Astley.

That's a decent group to bolster the squad - saving vital £s for a strategic rebuild. Conversely if we stay up they'll all be out on loan again (and Simms probably sold).

Branthwaite is the really big talent as ever though. Hopefully he can become our DeLigt next season in the Premier League.

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 08/05/2023 at 10:51:58
Thanks for your reports James, well researched and always welcome.

Harry Tyler’s potential was obvious when he played for the youth team, good player with a bit of character about him, Pickford was loaned out to a non league club while with Sunderland and then to various clubs higher up the league ladder until he landed at Everton, Harry might be needed very soon at the Blues if Jordan departs,Dobbin has always had the potential and played a logograms games in a very hard league this season hopefully he can come on with Tom Cannon help the club and save them a lot of money, Thanks again James.

Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 08/05/2023 at 10:59:17
Sorry, James, but should Branthwaite's wages read 1.7M (not 17M) per season (35Kpw) which still seems rather high even if he may, eventually. prove worth it.

I also wonder if Simms sees a place at Everton given his recall and little usage while DC-L was out and Maupay started before him presumably because the Manager wants a higher work rate.

Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 08/05/2023 at 11:20:08
Really good assessment James. Thank you.

I am too focussed on the first team right now, so I appreciate those who follow and watch the youngsters and those on our books playing elsewhere.

I've always been of the opinion that not enough British players gain experience abroad. Just about every other nation's players do it. And it's healthy.

On our players, I wonder if we could still get something out of Nkounkou? I'm still undecided about Simms, although loved how he bullied Koulibaly to get that equaliser.

Branthwaite should be in the team. I wish we had him now. And Warrington should have been closer to the first team squad this season. I know it's a step up, but his range of passing looks impressive.

Thanks again. Good report.

Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 08/05/2023 at 12:11:11
Dobbin says his farewells after Derby County narrowly miss out on the playoffs:

Tony Everan
6 Posted 08/05/2023 at 12:19:09
Thank you James, these updates are really appreciated.

Reading the Chester manager’s comments about Harry Tyrer has made my day (so far). What a great loan hat has been. Fully agree that the club now has to get him into the football league. It’s not too fanciful to think he could become Everton’s no1 at some point. Being a Crosby boy myself I’d love him to make it.

Branthwaite is class, we should be building a team around him. Dyche will probably want more hard experience at CB if we’re relegated, and if so he may be sold. I’d be despondent for us to lose a player who is going to the top of the game so early.

Nkounkou, a dream of a left foot and looks to be progressing, still has to prove it at a higher level, but who would bet against it. We will be selling him on the loan option too cheaply is my guess.

Warrington and Dobbin great minutes and experience. Interesting to see their next steps.

Cannon is proving he can finish chances at a good level. Can he maintain this consistency? He needs consideration as a back up striker for us next season, the lad can score goals !

Simms too, in normal circumstances he’d still be on loan and continuing his progression. He’s got a goal in him, I’d like to see more presence, aggression and willingness to make things happen, but really hasn’t had much of a chance to prove himself since returning. The goal against Chelsea needs repeating, often!

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 08/05/2023 at 12:22:47
Michael (5), Lewis Dobbin seemed to be well regarded by a lot of Derby fans, with hindsight he might of done a bit of good for Everton coming on as a sub with his speed and football skill as he did at Chelsea last season in a 1-1 draw.

He will have a few clubs looking at him for next season if he is not used by us.

Bill Piscass
8 Posted 08/05/2023 at 12:26:45
Surprising how many people state Dyche if we go down to continue. That will be another mistake to add to the list. Unless you want to end up like Burnley, until they got a proper manager.
Danny O’Neill
9 Posted 08/05/2023 at 12:28:41
Interesting Dave. I know they are not similar, but the last player we loaned to Derby that I remember being highly regarded by their supporters was Leon Osman.
Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 08/05/2023 at 12:55:49
I’ve just been reading the other thread shaking my head at some of the comments Bill P, because it’s obvious (to me) that Dyche, is just another Everton manager, and until there are real changes at the top of our football club, then it won’t really matter who we have got in charge.

Do people really fear Brighton, or does that fear come from people knowing that Everton have just been going from bad to worse, and constantly chopping and changing managers, has done absolutely nothing to reverse the situation.

If we stay up - we are going to need a plan, and if we get relegated - we are going to need a plan, and it’s clear that throughout our constant upheaval, whilst having about eight managers and three DOF’S, in the last seven years, that Everton haven’t had a cohesive plan.

This page would be at the top, middle and bottom of my plan for Everton, because we have got to start doing much better with regards to bringing young players through, and most of my plans for our club, would resolve around this very key area, imo.

Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 08/05/2023 at 13:11:33
Danny (9), true enough Danny, Leon had the guts and ambition to fight for his football career, as you say they are different players but both have/ had football brains to go with their ability and Lewis has the gift of speed which can be a vital ingredient in todays football.

Tony (10) Yes once this club is placed with the right people in charge with some running the club off the field and others on the field youth recoupment is going to be a vital part of the plan to get us among the best clubs.

James Flynn
12 Posted 08/05/2023 at 15:24:59
Alan (3) - "Sorry, James, but should Branthwaite's wages read 1.7M (not 17M) per season"

Apologies Alan. The "£17 million logjam" I was referring to were the combined wages of Keane/Tark/Godfrey/Holgate for EACH of the next 2 seasons.

I have the bad feeling that an inability to move any of those 4 at their current wage-rate, will be the determining factor in Jarrad's future with us.

Of course, if we go down, Jarrad probably will want to leave and we'll need the money.

Delighted if we manage to keep him, but the current Club situation seems to be leaning towards us never seeing him play again wearing the Royal Blue.

James Flynn
13 Posted 08/05/2023 at 15:42:03
Thanks all for the comments throughout the season.

It was fun tracking their progress.

Alan J Thompson
14 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:34:48
Many thanks, James, and I do so enjoy your columns which take me back to the old two page programmes which used to show the A and B teams as they were. Still can't get over Tommy Wright starting out as an inside forward or Terry Hibbert in the same position only called midfield or for that matter, but elsewhere, Ray Wilson as a left winger.

Many thanks.

David Bromwell
15 Posted 09/05/2023 at 08:52:19
Thanks again James, your posts are always essential reading for me. I know other clubs include loan watch reports on their official web sites and I believe we used to do the same.
It always seems to me that the development of young players is a critical and vitally important part of any club and like so many things something EFC could do better. Maybe they could give you an official roll ?????
James Flynn
16 Posted 09/05/2023 at 15:25:15
Robert (1) - Agree on those players.

Except Astley, who's gone on 30 june.

Pity about him. The manager at Stanley pushed him into the 1st team and played him all 90 minutes, 19 straight games! He earned and deserved the shot. But 1700+ League 1 minutes right out of U-Ball? Especially, the near-reckless way Ryan defended. That boy took a step back for no one.

Sure enough, Ryan's legs began to act up. Finally, he broke down.

We're not offering him a new contract. At least it appears so, since we're only weeks away from his contract ending.

I understand a manager wanting a fighter like Astley in his line-up. But, he should have been looked after a bit more.

AS's manager could have taken a look at how Derby handled Dobbins' minutes. 50+ games, important cog in the Derby attack, but re rarely went the full 90.

Anyway, good luck to Ryan. If he's healthy, he'll get offers in the lower leagues.

You know who we should extend if the worst befalls? Tom Davies. He'd work just fine in the Championship.

Kieran Kinsella
17 Posted 09/05/2023 at 15:45:59

To your Pickford point, I recall John Ruddy had several spells on loan in the non league. I know he didn't make it at Everton but he has had a pretty good career.

James Flynn
18 Posted 09/05/2023 at 18:44:30
Kieran - I was watching highlights of of our kids loaned to the Championship. Saw a bald-headed keeper and thought he looked familiar.

Sure enough, it was Ruddy. Still going. Birmingham City's #1.

James Flynn
19 Posted 09/05/2023 at 19:31:20
Tony (6) - That's pretty much how I see it.

We DO have some young talent. And I think their loans all went well. They all worked their way into the clubs and logged lots of minutes.

With a special mention for Onyango and Branthwaite, who both had to work and fight their way into the starting line-up. What they're all up against, though, is the contracts of players in the Club squad.

We can't overlook or underestimate owners' desire to see the big money they paid running around out there on the pitch and not sitting on the bench. Managers have to deal with THAT pressure to when selecting the team.

Which for sure cuts back opportunities for our young players' with legit potential.

For instance, I can see us selling Simms this Summer. He has one year left on his contract, earning baby-wages.

Maupay has 2 years left earning 70K per week.

Guess which one Dyche has more pressure on him to play?

Peter Gorman
20 Posted 09/05/2023 at 20:57:00
I'll add my thanks for compiling this list, James, it's answered a few questions I had, chiefly what the hell happened to Onyango, the poor lad.

Aside from Branthwaite's obvious talent, I've got a good feeling about Tyrer and Cannon and have watched the latter score some decent goals in the Championship, he definitely has proven himself at that level. These two have always shown evidence of improvement throughout the youth teams so hope it continues.

James Flynn
21 Posted 09/05/2023 at 01:14:37
Peter (20) - Here you go. On 11 February, right at the start of the video.

You don't see him carted off, but that's when it happened. You can just see him reaching down between his legs, then jumping up.

But that's when he injured his hamstring and went off.


Also, I'd add Dobbin to Branthwaite, Cannon and Tyrer. He too had a good 1st season out of U-Ball.

Dupont Koo
22 Posted 10/05/2023 at 08:33:53
Thank you James for the comprehensive recap.

Regardless of divisions, Playoff Games carry extra intensity and significance that can grow or break a young prospect like Tyrer. National League North might be too low a level for him, but any minutes in the Playoffs for Tyrer, IMHO, would only be beneficial to him. I agreed that next stop for him should be League 1, but I would still be very happy if he can get similar amount of minutes with a League 2 Club next season.

So sad to see Gibson's injury problems remain.

Tipping my hat again to Thelwell for making some small changes on the extend-and-sell of Broadhead.

For Nkounkou, it appears that his performance should bring his valuation beyond the £3 Million option that Saint Etienne is trying to meet (with a view to sell to another team for a higher price after the transfer). Fingers crossed the cash-strapped Saint Etienne cannot find the cash in time for us to reap the benefit of increased price with another club.

It'll be tough to find Onyango a club higher than League 1, with rumours about his less-than-desired attitude (hope this is purely bogus). Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.

Dele Alli's £5+ Million salary next season is a sunk cost. Let's move on.

Tremendous time for Cannon at Preston. I was told at the message board here that their Socouser Manager Ryan Lowe would nurture Cannon well: how prophetic that was! Another 3000+ minutes with a Championship Club next season would get him ready to play for us at BMD!

Ditto to Dobbin, though he is a slight bit farther away from First Team, compared to Cannon.

Outside of continue purging the deadwoods, Thelwell's biggest task this summer otherwise would be to extend Branthwaite's contract before the start of Pre-Season. The current sunk cost on Centre Backs should not be a detriment to the decision of extending him (Mina's £120K/week will be off the books, and if we can dump Keane & Holgate, we should have enough in the coffer for Branthwaite's extension AND signing Coady permanently).

If I were Thelwell, I would extend Warrington's contract for 2 years. He is young enough and has shown enough promise that his valuations would only rise.

Ben King
23 Posted 10/05/2023 at 11:12:32
DuPont #22

We’ve been talking about offloading Keane and Holgate for years yet it never happens.

They’re both here for life

James Flynn
24 Posted 11/05/2023 at 14:04:52
Dupont (22) - Tyrer made the playoffs. They lost 1-0 on an 80th minutes goal. I didn't mention it because my view was that Chester was an ordinary team that would have finished further down the league without Harry. And you never know in playoff situations.

Anyway, onward and upward for Tyrer after a successful first season out of the nest. Looking forward to what happens with him next season.

Myself, I put Cannon and Dobbin on the same level of development and expect to see both in the Championship next season.

Dobbin to forge more time as a 90-minute player and Cannon to go a 46-game schedule with a "Stop-him-from-scoring" target on his back.

Dele might yet turn out to be a "sunk cost". I can't see a rash of clubs ringing the Everton phone off the hook pursuing him. Oh well.

And I sure hope Keane, Holgate, and Godfrey aren't "sunk cost". That's a lot of wages for Moshiri to eat at a time where we're under such financial scrutiny.

"if we can dump Keane & Holgate" is a huge ask, especially Holgate. He has 2 more years at 70K per week, with no real justification for being paid that kind of money. I can see some club coming for Keane.

And you didn't mention Godfrey. He's on 75K per week and he's terrible; defending or going forward.

It's not a matter of simply having money for Jarrad. As Moshiri said himself, he has the cash. He just can't spend it, given how his spending these years has put us in a precarious position with the league rules.

Given we might just be stuck with all 3, Branthwaite could just go to the highest bidder, even though, at 21-years old, he's already probably better than them.

Going to be an interesting Summer all around.

Robert Tressell
25 Posted 11/05/2023 at 14:40:06
James, I'm interested to see what Godfrey is like fully fit after a pre season with Dyche.

I want Keane and Holgate gone though as they can be replaced at very low cost. There is a chance too that Welch steps up although he probably needs a loan first.

Godfrey may yet have something to offer.

Kieran Kinsella
26 Posted 11/05/2023 at 14:40:43

I also worry that Branthwaite may be sold since he is really the only saleable asset in terms of fee/wages and obviously talent. No one will want our other CBs

James Flynn
27 Posted 11/05/2023 at 14:53:24
Kieran, I agree.

And God only knows if we get relegated.

Robert Tressell
28 Posted 11/05/2023 at 14:57:52
Kieran there will be interest in Keane and Holgate from promoted clubs as there was from Forest. The issue will be the fee. It will be very low (as per Schneiderlin and Allan) to get them and their wages off our books.

I think (hope) we'll keep Branthwaite.

I'd sooner see us sell Onana. Athough he may yet mature into an excellent player, I think there are good low cost options for us in that position.

Dave Abrahams
29 Posted 11/05/2023 at 15:14:08
Robert (28), the wages Keane and Holgate are on at Everton could be the problem that stops their moves elsewhere.
James Flynn
30 Posted 11/05/2023 at 15:26:50
Robert (25) - I want to go with your positive take.

But all I see with Godfrey is that he's a terrific athlete who tries hard. That's it.

So, since I (We) really want Jarrad to stay, my "solution" to the financial logjam at CB:

Each owed 2 more years of wages.

Keane - 8.3 million

Godfrey - 7.8 million

Holgate - 7.3 million

Those wages would make quite reasonable transfer fees. We might want rid of all three, but they are multi-year, Prem veterans.

If the Club told all three, "Two of you won't play this season. Talk to your agent.", if two of them find deals, the Club could let them go on a "free" just to free the wages to make room for Jarrad; financially and on the pitch.

My "dream take" anyway.

Not to mention, Dele, Gomez, and Gbamin all have one more season at a cumulative 300K per week. So there's that.

Going to be an interesting window. We'll see how adept Thewell is. Even HE was an unusual signing.

Robert Tressell
31 Posted 11/05/2023 at 15:30:05
Dave, you can still offload at very low cost / or maybe loan to share / compromise those wages.

That's what we've done with Allan and Schneiderlin. It's what Real Madrid did to us with Rodriguez and Spurs did to us with Alli.

We may treat Gomes in the same way.

Robert Tressell
32 Posted 11/05/2023 at 15:34:42
James, Godfrey is all those things but he was more than that under Ancelotti and before Covid. Dyche has turned Trippier, Keane and Tarkowski into England internationals though (as well as turning Ben Mee into the underrated best of the Burnley CBs).

So he may yet come good.

Also, if we sell everyone who isn't very good we'll only have about 5 players left and it just isn't realistic to buy in all the replacements we'd need.

Jay Harris
33 Posted 11/05/2023 at 16:24:32
Robert, Godfrey was very good when he first came and was noticeably quick but since the injuries and Covid he seems to have lost that half yard of pace that made the difference.

He has never been a great header of the ball and is not that tall so I wouldnt consider him at CB and his concentration and judgement seem to preclude him from being a good FB so I think his opportunity has gone and he should be on the exit list.

James Flynn
34 Posted 11/05/2023 at 16:31:31
Robert (32) - Ok. Let's go with your view of Godfrey for next season under Dyche. Sounds good to me.

For now, I'm gonna have to stay with "He's awful".

You're right about our squad. But I'm not proposing we sell every player who isn't any good.

Just thinking (and guessing at) players we could get rid of this Summer to free up substantial wages and some relief from the financial fix we're in with the league.

Just 5 players: Dele, Gomes, Gbamin and 2 of Keane/Godfrey/Holgate.

The first 3 the Club has no plans for. The CBs? I'll stay with your notion that there's a player in Godfrey. So Keane and Holgate.

Given the lengths of each contract, that's about 31million in wages dropped. If the Club doesn't demand a transfer fee or a really low one, anyway.

God knows what goes thru Dele's mind. He's just cashing checks. But the other 4 become reasonably attractive in the market, if their agents are any good.

And to mention, as far as I can find, none have children and they're all single. So haven't started the "Put down roots" phase of their lives. When discussing moving from club to club, that counts, too.

An interesting Summer coming.

James Flynn
35 Posted 11/05/2023 at 16:37:30
And Robert (28) - I forgot this, "I think there are good low cost options for us in that position."

I agree 100%, without caveat.

I always look up the list of potential players you post here from time to time. Wish the Club would.

Francis van Lierop
36 Posted 14/05/2023 at 13:43:47
It's looking like PSV think they can take adventage of our perilous situation (that was before last monday, of course).
I've read several times that they hope they can aquire Jarrad for 10 to 15 million. Whereas a few weeks ago the talk was of breakng their transfer record (14.8 million)

Let's hope Sean Dyche and/or whoever else has any say in this matter uses their brain!

Phil Smith
37 Posted 11/05/2023 at 16:03:32
I would love to clear some room at the back. Holgate will go and probably Mina (for his injury record). We now probably won't buy Coady, which looked a certainty earlier in the season. Keane and Godfrey (give him another season to find form or else out because he's looked even worse than Holgate this season) just used for back-up to Tarks and Brainthwaite. Tom has to move on and the others who have been out on loan (senior pros, not the kids) as well. I'd get rid of Maupay as well - he Championship level and is taking Cannon and Simms place.

First 11 (back-up) (U23 replacement):

Pickford (Begovic) (Virgina)

Myka (Nkounku) (Ashley)

Branthwaite (Godfrey) (Gibson)

Tarks (Keane) (Welch)

Patterson (Coleman) (John)

McNeil (Gray) (Warrington)

Garner (Gana) (Onyango)

Onana (new signing?) (Price)

Duke (Townsend) (Mills)

Iwobi (Dele) (Dobbin)

DCL (Simms) (Cannon)

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