Another week another decent signing…
This week saw the fifth signing of the summer so far, with Richard Chaplow joining the club after a two-year-deal after being released by Southampton.
Chaplow signed on loan at the Den late last season and was massively influential in our slight up-turn in form before the F.A. Cup semi final, and turning out to be the form that kept us up.
The central midfielder will provide the vital competition in midfield which last season we desperately craved. Players started to take it easy, Trotter would be his usual self – plus KJ would love to play defenders in the middle of the park.
Quietly but surely, Lomas is starting to build his own squad, and a decent one at that. We are looking at signing players with Championship experience, rather then lower league players on a punt, or whichever player is flavour of the month at Bournemouth.
Stephen Bywater was the first recruit to the Lomas era. He’s a good second choice goalkeeper to have, but I don’t see him ousting David Forde for the number one jersey, but if Forde did leave for whatever reason, Bywater isn’t a bad replacement.
Jermaine Easter was the next arrival, yes he wasn’t a Lomas signing, but he’s a decent player to have on a one year contract. Last season when we were in dire straights, he seemed to be the only player that had the slightest bit of composure when on the ball, he would be a good option off the bench.
The main target for this summer was always about adding to the strike-force and Lomas has done that massively already with the re-signing of Steve Morison on a year loan. He may have been left in the wilderness somewhat with Leeds, but if he can replicate his debut Championship season form, we can maybe look slightly higher then survival.
Also Lee Martin coming in on a one year deal from Ipswich could be a shrewd move too, a left winger who can also play in the centre. Lomas knows what positions need to be filled, and is working to do quickly.
Lomas was always going to have to make massive changes with the playing personnel at the club, and he seems to know this. He has even brought in a series of different trialists.
Some of these could end up signing contracts and being decent additions to the squad, such as Nicky Shorey and John Pantsil. But some do seem like him doing his mates a favour, does anyone want to see Marlon Harewood come into the club?
Two goals in 32 at Barnsley and then released at the end of the season, I’d rather have Tampax Tyson or Even Rob Hulse (The Pulse) back at the club, yes Harewood is that bad a choice…
Whatever happens in the opening season with Lomas at the helm, it proves to be a very exciting one…