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2 free agents that Salford City should be looking at

Salford City manager Graham Alexander is preparing his squad for their first-ever season in the EFL.

The Ammies have already made six additions to their squad this summer. Here at The Football Manc Cave, we look at two possible free agents that Salford could sign.

Although they have a talented squad, and the pull of ‘Class of 92’. It’s important they sign experienced players, who have been successful in the division previously.

So, let’s have a look at a couple of players they could sign on a free transfer…

Ben Turner

Turner is an experienced centre half, who has operated in the EFL for the majority of his career. He was part of the Cardiff City side that won promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13. Turner then played 31 games the following season, however, Cardiff was relegated.

Although, he isn’t the player he used to be. Turner has that vital experience of winning ‘season-defining’ matches, promotions and just being a leading figure around the dressing room. You need these type of players on and off the field, and I think he’d be a great addition to an ambitious, young Salford side.

Tom Adeyemi

This midfielder would be one of the best in League Two if Salford could tempt him to Moor Lane.

I’m surprised Ipswich let him go at the end of last season, I’d say as much that he would be a force in League One. A real midfield powerhouse. Adeyemi has done well at both Cardiff and Leeds, particularly at Leeds Utd when he used to physically boss other midfielders.

Very experienced in the EFL, a ball-winning midfielder, physical and strong. Perhaps a drop down to League Two is unrealistic. However, Salford is a club on the rise, and have more pulling power than most League One sides.

Four reasons why Salford City will finish in the play-offs

Salford City is preparing for their first-ever season in the EFL. The Ammies are second-favourites with the bookies to win League Two, The Football Manc Cave see why that is.

They are on a roll

The Ammies have won back-to-back promotions and will be looking for the hat-trick. It doesn’t matter what level of football your winning at, a team that has been winning games every week, is a dangerous side. It just gives that air of confidence from the owners, to the fans, staff and players. They know how to win, have a solid home record and will fully believe they can win League Two in their first attempt.

Adam Rooney

As in most leagues around the world, to win a title you need a proven goal scorer. Salford has that in Rooney. He proved himself last season and at Aberdeen, give him chances and he will score goals. With all respect, the level of defending in League Two is very questionable. Strikers get chances on a plate, it’s up to whether they’re good enough to take them, Rooney is. He may score 20+ goals and propel them to promotion.

Everyone wants to beat them

Salford is the talk of League Two. They’ll be on Sky as many times as Leeds, that’s probably impossible actually, never mind. Everyone will want to upset the apple cart and beat them. The Class of 92 being involved just gives their matches that extra bite, opposition players will want to get one over them too. Sunderland felt that last season in League One, going to the Stadium of Light was other sides cup final for the season, visiting teams gave that extra 10% to get a result. It’s just something they’ll have to deal with.

Pressure from outside

Being on Sky regularly, the bookies early favourites to win the league. It all brings expectation and pressure. They need to deliver, everyone is expecting them to have a good season. However, remember it’s their first season EVER in the EFL. A lot of their players will have never played at this level. It’s very optimistic to predict them winning the league, especially with sides like Bradford City and Plymouth Argyle being in there, which is why I’m predicting they’ll get the play-offs.

Salford City bring in experienced Plymouth Argyle man – a good move?

Salford City has confirmed the signing of former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Kyle Letheren, on a one-year deal after he left the Pilgrims following the expiration of his contract.

The 31-year-old ‘keeper started his career at Swansea City, following a number of loans and a couple of spells in Scotland, Letheren signed for Plymouth in 2017.

He made just 23 appearances for the club and is looking forward to a new challenge.

Letheren said: I’m delighted to be here and I can’t wait for the season to get started. The club is on an upward spiral-like everybody knows, and I think Salford’s on everyone’s lips at the moment.”

It seems the ambition of the club and manager, swayed his decision in linking up at The Peninsula Stadium. The Welshman added:

“I think this year, obviously you’ve gained three of four promotions back-to-back and that can be a deadly thing at times because you have got momentum.

I’ve spoken to the gaffer and that’s what he wants this season as well, he doesn’t want to change that, so I think we’ve got to aim for play-offs minimum and hopefully we can get this club into League One because if it does I think it’ll just take off again to be honest.”

The Ammies are certainly on the rise. Players are clearly impressed by the clubs ambition and are interested in joining the thriving side. Letheren has significant experience, which will benefit Salford both on and off the pitch. Graham Alexander will be looking to add further quality and experience to his side before their season starts on August 3rd on Sky Sports vs Stevenage.

Salford City fans should be looking at these 3 key dates next season

Salford City is planning for their first ever season in the EFL, guided by the experienced Graham Alexander.

The Ammies won promotion from the National League after defeating AFC Fylde in the play-off final, at Wembley in May.

Fans from afar will be keeping an eye on Salford City’s results next season, because of that connection with the Class of 92. Sky TV is also keen to host their matches, with the opening game vs Stevenage Boro already being picked.

So, I look at three dates that could make or break their season…

Stevenage (H) August 3rd

With Salford being the bookies’ favourites to win League Two, they will be aiming for a positive start. An opening home game on Sky provides them will a real opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the division. They are the side that everyone will want to beat next season, Salford will have to prepare for that. However, if The Ammies can start well and beat some solid sides, the rest of the league may show them extra respect.

Plymouth (A) August 20th

How good is Salford, is it media hype or are they the real deal? This is the game that could answer all the questions. Plymouth will be a promotion rival, managed by Ryan Lowe who is building a very good side for League Two. It’s important for sides fighting at the top, to beat their rivals and gain points on them. The Ammies will be targeting this game. It’s an opportunity to show they’re here to win the league, not just a gimmick that some people are suggesting.

Bradford (A) December 21st

As an early prediction, I think Bradford will win League Two next season. They’ve signed two good strikers in Clayton Donaldson and James Vaughan while being lead by Gary Bowyer and a brilliant fanbase, they look ready-made to challenge for the title. This game is played on the eve of a gruelling Christmas period, will Salford have the squad depth and be prepared for that? Probably. However, Valley Parade will be bouncing that night. Two title rivals facing each other on 21st December, it will be a thriller.

3 more reasons why Salford City fans should be excited about next season

If being promoted wasn’t enough for Salford City fans last season, here are some other exciting factors that this new campaign should bring.

Graham Alexander did a great job in making sure the Ammies were promoted from the National League to League Two at the end of the 2018/19 season, and he’ll be hoping that his team has the same success going forward.

It’s hard to say whether the Class Of 92’s team will cope with the pressure of the promotion and being in a new league. We will all have to see how they perform on the pitch.

Meanwhile, here’s three things Salford fans can look forward to…

Sky Covered Matches

Some people, especially from other clubs, have said that Sky covered matches for Salford City would be a negative thing. It could drive away fans from actually buying tickets and going to games. A lot of other clubs in league two have shown their frustration in Sky giving the Ammies televised games, as they have only just been promoted.

However, the Manchester team should look forward to the coverage that their team are going to get off the back of this. You can see their opening game against Stevenage on Sky Sports on the 3rd of August.

New League & Competitions

Salford’s League campaign will be hard and they should focus on their progress in league two more than anything else. Only this level of football will see the Ammies compete in competitions such as the Carabao Cup. It will be an exciting opportunity for fans and the team. Especially as the Carabao cup saw Salford draw Leeds Utd in the first round which will also more than likely be a televised game.

Highly Anticipated

The team have received a lot of hate from other clubs before and after their promotion, for a whole list of different reasons from their owners, to money to Sky picking them for TV. Some may say it’s jealousy. Some may say they deserve it. It’s football and it causes debates, however, one thing you can’t deny is that most teams in league two have them down as ‘key dates.’ Even Oldham Athletic have the Ammies down as a game to look out for.

‘The closest Leeds Utd are getting to Man Utd this season’ Big Carabao cup draw for Salford City as Twitter reacts

Salford City vs Leeds – you couldn’t write it, could you?

I wonder which Carabao Cup first round matches will be on Sky…I wouldn’t even hazard a guess.

I’m sure there’ll be plenty of banter in the build-up between ‘The Class of 92’ and Leeds fans. It’s good revenue for The Ammies, Leeds will bring 10,000 and half of United’s season ticket holders will turn up too. A quick upgrade of the ground may be needed.

Anyway, lets look at how Twitter reacted to the tie being drawn, 1-0 Gary Neville…

Salford City favourites for the League 2 title?…Not for me

Salford are the bookmakers’ (SkyBet) favourites alongside Scunthorpe to win League Two next season. It will be The Ammies’ first season in the EFL, will they adapt and dominate as quickly as expected?

Salford has the ability and stature to attract players. With the ‘Class of 92’ part owning the Manchester club, players are keen to join and be a part of history. Coupled with the fact their manager, Graham Alexander, has experience of managing in the EFL already with Scunthorpe. You’d expect Salford to sign good quality players, and be challenging at the right end of the table come May. Favourites for the title? Not for me.

In my opinion, Bradford will win the league next season. They have a brilliant fan base who support their club through thick and thin, Gary Bowyer is a top manager and building a side with the aim of winning the division. Zeli Ismail and Clayton Donaldson have already signed for The Bantams, while striker James Vaughan is also expected to sign, which could result in goals, goals and more goals.

Ryan Lowe will be targeting promotion with Plymouth, having succeeded at the task with Bury last season. Also, Scunthorpe now has Paul Hurst, who won promotion and done a superb at Shrewsbury.

The 2019/20 League Two season promises to be very tightly contested, and with no clear favourite for the title, everyone will fancy their chances of making the top three.

Two Things Mansfield Town’s Krystian Pearce Could Bring to Salford City

Salford are reportedly interested in signing Mansfield defender Krystian Pearce. The Stags lost out in the League Two play-offs, and with Salford being a club on the rise, could Pearce be tempted by a move North?

Mansfield missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season, then lost on penalties to Newport County in the semi-finals of the playoffs. Salford are an exciting proposition and could provide a new challenge for Pearce to tackle.

Graham Alexander has already started the building process, to prepare his side for League Two, by signing four players. The gaffer has looked to sign experience and talent, Pearce would certainly within that bill.

I looked at the positive impacts Krystian Pearce could have on Salford…

Physicality

From experience of watching Wigan in the lower leagues, it’s important to have two physically strong centre backs. A lot of the other teams (with all respect) don’t play Guardiola football, they play the exact opposite. Lots of long balls and crosses into the box, you need to be prepared for that. Wigan had Chey Dunkley and Dan Burn who just cleared everything, it wasn’t always pretty, but it was effective. Pearce is one of the best defenders in League Two and would be a top signing for Salford.

Leadership

Pearce was Manfield’s captain last season and guided them to a fourth-place finish. The season ended in disappointment, narrowly missing out on promotion, but Pearce was a rock at the back for The Stags and one of their shining lights. Mansfield will be keen to hang onto their top defender, however, Salford seems to be able to attract players by their clear signs of ambition to rise through the EFL.

A Look Back at Salfords Recent Play Off History

In the five years since the class of 92 took over Salford City, it’s seen the Ammies gain three promotions in four seasons, and possibly a fourth on the cards.

Living life in the Northern Premier League Division One North for six seasons, it was seventh time lucky after managerial duo Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson took over the reins midseason in 2015.

Much as been made of the Co92 takeover, and how Salford are ‘buying’ their way up to the football league. However, it takes a well-structured club with determined players to claw their way through the leagues.

Furthermore, that determined set of players and managers have got Salford City up to the National League and within touching distance of stepping into the unknown world of league football, giving them 10 years to reach their 15-year plan of playing in the Championship.

Let’s take a look back at what Salford have achieved since 2015…

2015: Northern Premier League Division One North : Champions

The then Ramsbottom United managerial duo Morley and Johnson took over in January 2015, with the Ammies teetering near the top of the table. the Duo won 15 of the last 17 matches in charge and gaining promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division with a game to spare.

Gareth Seddon was the top scorer that season with 24 goals.

2016: Northern Premier League Premier Division: Play Off Champions

Danny Webber inspired Salford to a double bounce promotion with 16 goals in Salfords season at the seventh tier of English football.

An FA Cup run to the 2nd round proper was a major achievement for the Ammies, seeing off League Two side Notts County and taking Hartlepool to extra time in a replay.

They finished third in the league, seeing off Ashton United 3-1 in the semi-final, and Workington 3-2 in thrilling style to reach the highest level in their 76-year history.

2017: National League North: Playoff Semi-Final

Salford’s first season in the sixth tier of English football seen them not taste a promotion for the first time in the Co92’s very short history in charge.

They became a full-time club in 2017 and unveiled the newly named Peninsula Stadium. Mike Phenix became Salford’s top scorer with 15 goals, helping them achieved a fourth-placed finish. They, however, lost in the semi-final on penalties to eventual winners Halifax Town, after the teams couldn’t be split after the two legs.

2018: National League North: Champions

Salford set history once again by gaining promotion to the National League, and once again achieving the highest level the club has played at.

The Ammies finished top with a game to spare, Jack Redshaw topped the scoring charts with 17 goals. Unfortunately in the summer that followed the managerial duo parted ways by mutual consent, which seen now manager Graham Alexander take the reigns.

2019: National League: ???

Three is the Magic Number as Rooney Helps Salford Ease Past Maidenhead

The last time I visited Moor Lane was for the 2016 Northern Premier play off final against Workington, Salford won 3-2. I remember going in the Moor lane entrance and standing on the hill. Behind the goal all the kids played football while the dads had a cheeky pint or two.

How three years can make a difference to a club. The stadium was impressive, giving the whole place a unrecognisable revamp to what I remember. The crowd had certainly grown and the level of football is far more professional.

Salford had the midday kick off, knowing a win would put Leyton Orient under pressure hours later. The Maidenhead fans were giving themselves a decent day out in front of the cameras, with them all turning up in fancy dress – a real sea of colour behind the goal.

Within the first 10 minutes Salford scored to spoil the away fans day trip with some decent work down the right from Adam Rooney, playing in Dieseruvwe to slot home.

15 minutes later Salford doubled their lead with Rooney again from the right with his second assist of the game, crossing the ball across the goal to Touray who power home. This caused Salford fans to start to singing ‘Are you watching Orient’ as the Ammies were marching towards the top of the National League.

Salford looked Dominant down their right hand side through Hogan and Wiseman, and it was causing the opposition some trouble.

One minute before half time, following a goalmouth scramble. Salford were awarded a penalty.

Upped stepped Rooney to cap his own glorious first half performance with a cooley taken spot kick, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

The home side led comfortably 3-0 and never seemed in danger of letting the lead slip. They seemed to cruise through the second half at a canter, although manager Graham Alexander never stopped demanding more of his players and barking orders all game.

Alexander even had the luxury of bringing off Rooney , who’d had a hand in all three goals.

Personally I feel Salford have it in their locker to go up as Champions with them hitting form at just the right time following a rocky patch at the start of the year. However, with only three games to play and two points behind they need Orient to have a very timely rocky patch of their own.

Final Score 3-0

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