- Apr 7, 2009
I think this summer window will go down as a notable one in my career here mainly due to the fact that next season Arp, Maresic, D'Amico etc will be home grown so I wont really be restricted with regards to my squad as the likes of Hayden, Dummett and Carroll are hanging in there due to their status. That being said all 3 impressed when called upon last season.
Another reason for it being notable will be because I brought in some amazing players!!!!!!
In other news I got Polish side Jagellonia as a feeder side while both my domestic affiliated clubs, Coventry and Gateshead, have been promoted so I have loaned a few players out to them. I also signed a new deal after Chelsea offered me the chance to manage them but in the end they plumped for some guy called Guardiola!!!
So onto the transfers...…….
3 first team players left for around £20m. Ayoze Perez (Leicester), Christian Atsu (Valencia) and Yoshinori Muto (Eintracht Frankfurt) have all departed as I looked to freshen up the squad. Ayoze was rubbish last season but Atsu and Muto excelled however I found better replacements and even though Muto was valued at £50m when I sold him I thought it was right to get rid.
I also got a decent transfer fee for Henri Saivet as he joined Hull for £13.5m while reserve players Longstaff, Sterry and Juanito left for small fees and the likes of Martin, Santisteban, Toure, Kawaya and Mousolin amongst others departed on loan. In the end I took in a total of £93m in player sales.
I was aware that I needed to strengthen the side in order to maintain our domestic superiority but also to make inroads into the elite in Europe. With that in mind I spent £113m which isn't a lot compared to the amount that I recouped but when you take into account wages and agent fees etc I am left without a penny to spend as I tried to upgrade my squad. That being said I got some bargains.
Possibly my biggest bargain - despite being the new club record signing - is the £40m I spent on Moise Kean to make his loan move permanent from Juventus. I couldn't not meet the clause after he scored over 30 goals from the left wing last season and although he isn't a new face he is a dynasty player.
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Now for just a few million less I brought in Kean's understudy and Atsu's replacement as I shelled out £35.5m to bring in Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. The English wonderkid had a release clause that I was happy to meet and I have high hopes that the 19y/o will prove to be a world class performer.
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£23m was spent on Patrik Schick from Roma in a bargain deal for the club. I cheekily made the offer for his value and I was shocked to see that it was accepted. Like Sancho I have never managed Schick before but have seen him do great things so I look forward to working with him. He will compete with Arp for the striker position and also stake a claim to play AMC.
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The player that Schick will be battling out with for the AMC (alongside Xadas) is Lucas Paqueta who joined us from Flamengo for £13.25m. The 21y/o Brazilian international is another who I have wanted to manage before and I hope he can step up to the required level.
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The final player for the first team was the loan signing of Diogo Dalot from Manchester United to cover for DeAndre Yedlin at right back. I tried to bring Passlack back to the club but Dortmund weren't playing ball so Dalot gets the opportunity.
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I brought in these 4 players for much cheapness at a total cost of £1.4m.
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FIRST TEAM SQUAD
No changes to the first XI provisionally apart from the AMC position where I will have to pick upon form between Schick, Paqueta and Xadas. Also up front, despite being excellent last term, Fiete Arp will be under more pressure with the arrival of Schick.
One doubt however is the depth of my squad as my U23 team only has a couple of players as I haven't signed too many teenage backups and my youth intake players haven't stepped up yet or aren't ready for it.