Doing the numbers
Lee Bowyer talked today about a potential “big loan” signing, which sounds promising accept the Belgian football genius is in charge of proceedings.
He also talked of ongoing interest in Patrick Bauer and Josh Magennis. Remember Bowyer said he accepted that Duchatelet would sell five players in the summer, if he could bring in four. A little lopsided mathematics if you ask me. Harry Lennon and Ezri Konsa have already gone. Possibly Magennis and Bauer will follow with I suspect Igor Vetokele going out on loan again due to his high wages.
Bowyer wants a physical and commanding central midfielder. If Magennis and/or Bauer leave, then they will need replacing. We have one goalkeeper, who has had one full season of professional football two seasons ago, in the National League. We are also short at full back with Solly and Lewis Page injury prone.
With thanks to CAFC Facts and Stats Lee Bowyer currently has 19 first team players available to him as follows:
Def: Solly, Bauer, Sarr, Pearce, Page
Central Mid: Aribo, Forster-Caskey
Attacking Mid/Wide: Marshall, Fosu, Reeves, Clarke
Striker: Magennis, Hackett-Fairchild, Ahearne-Grant, Taylor, Ajose, Vetokele.
He does have with him in Portugal currently academy players Ashley Maynard-Brewer, Albie Morgan, George Lapslie, Taylor Maloney and Jamie Mascoll. None of those will be first team ready according to Bowyer, and I hate to say it, but we’ve kind of been here before.
Of those 19 listed above, Billy Clarke is regaining fitness and won’t be ready for the start of the new season. Igor is almost certainly a goner. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild we are led to believe remains in Ibiza with no passport and Karlan Ahearne-Grant-Grant has to regularly report to the police in the UK, and appears not to be at the training camp.
Not sure about you but four new players ain’t going to cut it..