So we have a new man at the helm. A man who was not really mentioned in the running but will get the full support of the Town faithful. To be a success he is now going to need to bring in some players, but who might he target? I have heard
and read about one link to Leeds United defender Tyler Denton who may join on loan.
Could Leeds defender Tyler Denton be on his way?
Lee Power has already stated Flitcroft will have one of, if not the, biggest budgets in the league. Flitcroft has also said that the ‘Swindon style’ is likely to change to a more “robust” and “direct” approach, also stating that in League
2 you need men and not boys, characters.
With this in mind I have taken a view on some players the new boss may be looking at from various viewpoints. Would you be happy to see any/all of these where the red strip next year? Let me know in the comments or reply:
Many managers like to work with players they have worked with before and trust. With this in mind I have three examples of players from his spells at Bury and Barnsley who may fit the bill.
Danny Rose – Striker currently at Mansfield. With Mansfield signing a squad load of players at the min they may be looking to offload and the attacker may be on Flitcroft’s wish list.
Jim McNulty – Experienced defender currently at Rochdale. Has a wealth of experience in the football league.
Kelvin Etuhu – Attacking Midfielder still at Bury – The most unlikely of the trio but Flitcroft gave him his chance at Barnsley after his release from Portsmouth and then signed him again to Bury when he moved there.
New town boss David Flitcroft with Danny Rose at Barnsley.
Since leaving Bury, Flitcroft has been scouting for the former Premier League champs, so may have his eye on one or two fox cubs to loan from his previous employers. This would also be in keeping with our policy of A) striking up relationships
with Premier League clubs. B) Having a strong youth presence within the first team. C) Flitcroft himself went for the England U21 job so is aware of talented younger players.
Leicester fan Sam Pinkham gave me the lowdown on some of their top young stars:
“Harvey Barnes is an attacking midfielder/winger who impressed massively on loan at MK Dons last season. He won their young player of the season award I believe. He’s the main one to watch, and could potentially go out on loan if Shakespeare thinks he isn’t quite ready for the first team.”
“Josh Knight and Elliot Moore are both defenders who were on the fringes of our first team towards the end of last season when Huth and Morgan were injured. I could see one of those going out on loan next season, possibly to a League 1/2 club.”
“Hamza Choudhury (defensive midfielder) was on loan at Burton last season. He was recalled in January but hasn’t featured for us since, so could be another one to go out on loan.”
Equally he may look at one or two of the released players like midfielder Michael Cain who spent last season at Blackpool or Brandon Fox is a left winger who represented England at schoolboy level.
Take a look at @LCFC’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/LCFC/status/860505013705113602?s=09
Harvey Barnes scores a free kick for Leicester v Spurs
If Power is to be believed that budget may go as far on wages as it does on fees. A couple of experienced free agents may be on the horizon. The thing this squad needs more than ever is experienced heads as that was a criticism over the
last couple of seasons:
Chris Kirkland – I like many would expect Vigouroux to leave and, again like many, I would hope young Will Henry gets a fair chance as number 1. Should Vigs leave perhaps an experienced stopper may come in to aid Henry’s development.
Danny Seaborne – Perhaps more likely if Alan Archibald had got the job but would be a good fit into the squad a feel. The former Southampton, Yeovil, Coventry and Partick centre back last played for Hamilton.
Seaborne playing for Partick
Aside from free transfers, Flitcroft could look to experienced campaigners like Adebayo Akinfenwa to bolster our promotion push.
We have proven that we can find talent in non-league and I for one would be very happy if we looked to someone like Sutton United striker Roarie Deacon. Tranmere duo Ben Tollitt and Andy Cook could be useful additions too.
Continuing our philosophy is not completely out of the window and now is the time to strike with retained lists being announced. Location can be crucial with regards to these types of deals so I have spotted a couple of players who may
be willing to come to Wiltshire:
Stefan O’Connor – The former England U19 International has been released by Arsenal. The defender who can play at right back or centre back spent last season on loan in the Dutch First Division and has previously played for York too.
Alex Davey – Chelsea defender who was on trial at Swindon last season.
Conor McAleny – Forward released by Everton who spent last season on loan at Oxford scoring 10 goals. The product of the toffees academy came on during Towns defeat to our neighbours in February.
Lloyd Isgrove – Winger who has been released from Southampton with whom we have had a good relationship in the past. The former Wales U21 winger had spells at Posh, Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday.
Rhyle Ovenden – Another Welsh youth Internatioal, the midfielder has just been released by Watford.
Recently released Watford midfielder Rhyle Ovenden.
Kyle Knoyle – England U19 right back who has just been released by West Ham. He has had loan spells at Wigan and Dundee United.
With Nathan Thompson all but gone, having someone that knows the club is crucial. Power loves brining back ex-players and there may be a few to choose from:
Jonathan Douglas – this one will split opinion no doubt but since his release from Ipswich he is still unattached. We all saw the benefit of this kind of player when Rohan Ince joined last season and a leader in the squad will be vital.
Could our former skipper return?
Louis Thompson – with chances possibly limited under new boss Daniel Farke it would not be completely out of the question to see him return on loan AGAIN.
Ben Gladwin – There is a wisper we may sign the attacker back permanently. Would be a very handy addition in league 2.
Add into all of this the real prospect of Tom Smith becoming an integral part of the squad after his loan at Waterford, as well as fellow loanee Jake Evans potentially.
Big future – Tom Smith. A player I interviewed previously https://smfyfe.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/getting-to-know-you-better-tom-smith/
I am not saying all or even any of these will happen, but they could. Who would you like to see join Town?