Salford has a huge season ahead of them in the EFL League Two, what business can they can do to make sure this season is as good as their last?
EFL stated that “League One and League Two Clubs will have until 5pm on Monday 2 September, 2019, due to August 31 falling on a Saturday.”
Salford City have seen players such as James Jones, Kieran Glynn and Joshua Askew leave the club on season-long loans, which is a positive move in securing their future as their younger players can gain experience.
However, it is crucial that these young players rejoin a Salford City that has at least remained in the EFL League Two, if not asserted dominance on it in their first season in the EFL in their entire history as a club.
In order for Salford City to succeed next season, business must be done.
Here are two players they should consider to strengthen their squad for the upcoming season…
National League golden boot winner Paul McCallum is a 25-year-old striker who plays for Eastleigh. He bagged 27 goals last season, a goal every 134 minutes. With Salford City having 31-year-old prolific striker Adam Rooney in the squad, who achieved 22 league goals last season, this duo could be capable of bagging well over 30 goals for the club when combined together in League Two. Rooney is contracted until 2021, meaning that McCallum can soak up experience from the Irishman before he departs during McCallum’s peak at 27 years old.
With days left on his contract, Brisley looks set to depart from recently relegated Notts County, and Salford could sign this 29-year-old centre-back for free. He has accumulated over 200 appearances at League 2, over 45 at League One and over 35 at Championship level. Playing for 7 different EFL clubs, his experience of the competition could prove vital to Salford’s survival in their upcoming campaign.
However, if players are coming in, perhaps some have to make way. Here are two players who should be shown the door at Salford City…
Salford should bring in a super striker who can bag over 20 goals for the side in EFL League Two. Despite gaining 12 goals and 6 assists for his team in the National League last season, the 29-year-old is arguably taking up a spot and a wage that could be given to a younger and more prolific talent such as Paul McCallum.
Without a doubt, Neal was a great acquisition for Salford City last season, he has over 200 games experience in the EFL with over 50 clean sheets. However, the 33-year-old is only contracted until 2021, and it is pivotal that Salford City look to the future and bring in a fresher and more prospective goalkeeper to learn from Neal and potentially share game time with him in some games for the upcoming season and even snub Neal of his number one spot during the season after. Neal shouldn’t be sold this summer, but the ultimate goalkeeping spot for Salford City will remain undecided until a player who will serve between the sticks for over 5 years can come into the side.