Andy Munro looks at Blues recent transfer dealings.
So far this close-season Blues have now made three signings which haven’t cost a bean although of course there’s still wages to take into account. Also on the plus side, divesting ourselves of Mikel San Jose et al should make a saving in that department.
In the modest market where Blues now shop, the three new players look astute signings, namely players at their peak in their mid-twenties, successful in admittedly a lower division but hungry for success in the higher echelons.
Midfielder Ryan Woods has a great pedigree as a skilful anchor midfielder even if he wasn’t fancied at Stoke but certainly was at Brentford and Millwall. Ex-Wolves winger Jordan Graham seems just the sort of wide man we need, who likes to beat his man, head for the byline and get the ball into the box – and let’s not forget that when he started at the Villa Academy, he was seen as on a par with a certain Jack Grealish.
Finally, there is giant Chuks Aneke, who has an excellent goalscoring record and as long as he is cut from a different cloth to the so far disappointing Sam Cosgrove, he should prove a real option up front.
We’ve probably now got enough variations, with the exception of the need to sign a central defender to challenge Harlee Deane and Marc Roberts. So there’s plenty of reasons to be cheerful!