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2 Man Utd players that are holding Solskjaer back that need to leave this summer

What two Red Devils are holding back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his fight for a top-four spot next season?

Manchester United are supposedly undergoing a rebuild, according to their beloved manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, their only acquisition so far has been a confirmed young Welshman from Swansea; Daniel James.

In the 2018/19 campaign, Manchester United finished at an unimpressive sixth position in the Premier League standings. Scoring the second lowest amount of goals in the top six, with 65, above Chelsea who had 63. However, United did concede the most amount goals in the top six, at a massive 54 goals. For context, Man City conceded 23 and Liverpool conceded 22.

It’s clear that both creating and stopping goals has been an ongoing issue for Manchester United, so who’s to blame?

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has had two seasons at Old Trafford, costing them upwards of £80million to Everton. With regards to immaturity and room for development for younger forwards such as Rashford and Greenwood. It is clear that a striker who can provide more than Lukaku can is needed, whilst the youngsters have time to grow and compete for the number 9 spot.

Phil Jones

In the eyes of most Manchester United fans, Phil Jones as the last choice centre-back. Unfortunately for them, Manchester United seem to disagree. By bringing in a solid, world-class centre-back to partner up with the fan favourite Victor Lindelof, it allows the likes of Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly to feature as rotation defenders. Manchester United have far too many centre-backs to hold on to each one if pursuits for a newcomer go to plan.

The 2 Salford City players who could have a major impact on the club’s league football debut season

Salford City have a big season ahead of them as they test the waters of the English Football League.

Salford City achieved a third-place finish in the National League, leading to a play-off final against AFC Fylde which resulted in a 3-0 win for the newly promoted side.

After an impressive season 2018/19 season, Salford City will be aiming to maintain and grow within the English Football League League 2. What can separate this promising side from the many clubs who failed to remain in the top flights of English football?

Here are two players to look out for in Salford City’s venture into the English Football League…

Tom Walker

This 23-year-old wide-midfielder joined the cause in January 2018 from Salford’s neighbours over at FC United of Manchester. After previously being contracted with Bolton Wanderers, and experiencing a year-long loan at Bury FC, this young man has a degree of experience in the EFL which could prove useful as they aim to stay there.

Oscar Threlkeld

Also a previous Bolton Wanderer, Threlkeld is a recent free signing of 25 years of age, whose versatility allows him to play full-back, centre-back and defensive midfield positions.

He already has a wealth of experience in the English Football League with a loan spell and a permanent contract with Plymouth Argyle. Threlkeld accumulated 97 appearances for the club and has played in both League One and League Two. Salford City gaining his signature shows their determination to build a squad suited to the top tiers of English Football.

Alexander has three key areas he needs to strengthen for Salford City to win promotion – Agree

Having just been promoted into the Football League, with the wealth currently behind Salford City, you would expect that they would want to again be competing at the right end of League Two in the 2019/20 season.

With some big names already attracted to the Peninsula Stadium while the club was playing in the Vanarama National League, we can probably expect even more making the trip to Salford during the upcoming season.

This early on in the window we have already seen Salford attract a number of good players from the National League, but they’ve also signed multiple players from teams higher up the football league pyramid and abroad. The Ammies attracted Richie Towell a midfielder from Premier League Brighton on a free transfer and, Oscar Threlkeld from Belgian club Waasland-Beveren who has spent time in League One with Plymouth Argyle.

With a number of signings already made, we took a look at where if anywhere, is left for Salford City to strengthen going into their first ever Football League campaign.

Squad Depth

The size of the squad that Salford currently have isn’t uncommon in the National League, we would expect a few of those players to leave on free transfers following the clubs promotion. Those that do stay will get game time but the quality of the squad outside of the starting XI is an area that Salford will have to improve, as at present a couple of injuries to some starters could see them struggle.

Second Striker

If Salford wants to fight at the right end of League Two, they need another goal scorer. Obviously, they currently have Adam Rooney who we imagine will keep scoring goals for fun if he stays fit. But second top scorer Rory Gaffney who does have experience in the football league isn’t what you would call a prolific goalscorer at this level, having never broken into double figures in a season in the Football League.

Full Back

Full back was a weakness for Salford last season, playing with some very attacking fullbacks that they often got away with in the National League. But in League Two they won’t get away with that, Salford City have signed both left and right backs going into the new season, maybe some more cover in what was their weakest position wouldn’t be a bad thing

Opinion: Bolton Wanderer’s must take two options following retained list

After all the other things that have gone on behind the scenes at Bolton, the club has now published a ‘Retained List’ of 14 players.

This list includes third-year scholars, meaning that as well as the first team squad being decimated, the youth set-up that arguably the club should be building around for the upcoming season due to their financial constraints, has also been near enough destroyed. With the clubs top prospects such as Harry Brockbank out of a contract.

The reason that most of these players contracts have expired, is that while the club is in administration till at least Friday, when, barring no hiccups, the new owners will be announced. So you would hope that at least some players will resign after then, but it doesn’t look very promising with other clubs circling and cherry picking players.

Even some of the players on the retained list are targets for other clubs, such as Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick and Midfielder Erhun Oztumer. Meaning that should these players leave, at least the club will get a fee that hopefully under the new ownership would go back into the squad.

If you are looking at the bright side, at least Bolton has some players remaining, a nucleus to build a team around for League One. Should all of that 14 stay, then add a few free agents and loan signings, plus maybe the new owners will splash a little cash then Bolton will at least be able to field a team and compete.

But with other teams getting their business done early, it is seeming more and more likely that unless Bolton can spend some money and attract good players. Then the 12 point deduction to start the season may just be one thing too many for the new owners.

The news may be more promising after Friday when hopefully, a few more players can resign for the club to get back to us then.

Should Wigan Athletic Be Going All Out for Oldham Athletic’s Edmundson or Focus Elsewhere

George Edmundson is presumably on route to Peterborough or Rangers. Both clubs are battling for his signature, although it seems The Posh have moved ahead in the race, after reportedly having an offer accepted for the young defender.

Edmundson was named in the 2018/19 EFL League Two team of the season and, is attracting interest from a number of sides. Oldham will be hoping for an auction, to raise as much money as possible for their departing defender.

Wigan manager Paul Cook is on the hunt for a ‘ball-playing’ defender, but I think Matt Miazga will sign on loan from Chelsea, which will fill that void. The Latics signed Danny Fox in the January transfer window, who has performed brilliantly since joining from Nottingham Forest. He’s a real leader and comfortable playing out from the back. Chey Dunkley and Cedric Kipre are both young, strong defenders, but aren’t great footballers in terms of distributing the ball from the defence. Miazga would give us that physicality and ability to start attacks from the defence, that Cook is looking for.

I expect the majority of our transfer budget to be spent on a new number nine, to score us 15-20 goals, and the rest on a new midfielder to replace Reece James. Most of our signings will be frees and loans unless we sell one of our assets like Sam Morsy for a sizeable fee. A centre back isn’t an immediate priority, so I’d say it’s unlikely we’ll be joining the chase for Edmundson. Especially considering an auction will likely see the fee rise to around £1 million, Wigan could put that money towards a new striker.

Don’t get me wrong, I really rate Edmundson, and I believe he’ll be worth a lot more than £1 million in a couple of years time, so he’s a very good long-term investment. However, Wigan needs to buy players, for NOW, players that are going to impress from the off and push us up the table next season.

Two Chelsea Youngsters Wigan Athletic Should Go In For This Summer

Reece James arrived to Wigan a boy, and left a man.

On the final day of the season, Paul Cook gave him the opportunity to captain the side, and substituted him in the last five minutes, to allow the fans an opportunity to thank him for his efforts throughout the season. In my time watching football, I’ve never seen a loan player have such a positive effect on a club, fans had tears in their eyes when he walked off the pitch vs Millwall. A truly special talent. Now, who’s the next one, give us some options Chelsea…

Chelsea are known for loaning out a lot of players every season, I think we’ve built a good connection after the work we have done with James, so will definitely be getting a couple of players to develop. There are certainly worse feeder clubs than Chelsea.

I look at two players I’d like to see us take on loan from Sarri’s side…

Matt Miazga

Paul Cook is reportedly on the lookout for a ‘ball-playing’ centre back, and Miazga absolutely fits the ball. The American had a very good five months at Reading, making 18 appearances and helping The Royals avoid relegation. I imagine Chelsea will want him to gain more experience in the Championship, Wigan seems the perfect fit. They can trust us to develop him as a player, he’ll play regularly and be joining a side that likes to play attractive football starting from the defence. It makes sense for all parties.

Jamal Blackman

Christian Walton has been our number one for the past two years, the young ‘keeper has returned to Brighton and there’s been little talk of him returning for a third loan spell. With Wigan needing a lot of signings this summer, I think Cook will be looking to utilise the loan market and sign players that will be guaranteed starters. Blackman is a highly-rated goalkeeper, has experience in the EFL and is at an age where he’ll be wanting to play regularly. He could come to Wigan and be handed the number one shirt immediately.

Opinion: Is a Move To Ipswich Town The Wisest Move For Bolton Wanderers’ Harry Brockbank

It seems then like everyone is wanting out at Bolton Wanderers, the latest to be linked with a move away is the 20-year-old defensive prospect, Harry Brockbank.

Despite only making three appearances for struggling Bolton in the Championship last season, a host of Championship and League One clubs are after the young centre back, with Ipswich being the latest link. Ipswich finished bottom of the Championship last season, but are already assembling a good squad to try and rebound straight back into the second flight.

The young defender, who is capable of playing at right back, centre back and defensive midfield, would be a great addition to any squad due to his versatility and raw talent, he is the kind of player that managers love and can build a team around.

After impressing many teams during his Bolton debut against now Premier League Aston Villa, the young full-back can leave the team on a free due to the clubs off-field issues. However, if he wants guaranteed first-team football, then perhaps him staying for one more year at his home side wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. It’s a chance to get some more experience under his belt before being a squad player in the same division.

For Ipswich this move would be a great deal, signing a potential star full back for the years to come, get him some game time in League One ready for if they do go back up. Even if they then sold him on, signing the young lad on a free makes business sense.

For Brockbank, I think it all comes down to game time, if whether it be Ipswich or wherever he moves, can guarantee the game time then, by all means, he should go and play his football at the right end of League One. However, if he is just going to be a squad player then perhaps it would better him to stay at Bolton, yes they are likely to go down again due to starting the season on minus 12 points, but at least he is likely to play the vast majority of games.

Opinion: What Should Bolton’s Transfer Strategy be Ahead of Next Season

Next season is simply going to be about rebuilding for Bolton Wanderers, the club was relegated into League One last season and now faces starting the 2019/20 campaign on minus twelve points. Therefore Bolton could very realistically be facing another relegation season.

With a vast amount of players jumping ship and the new owners not being sorted till Friday, it is going to leave a lot of work to be done in not a great deal of time before the first game of the season.

So once the owners are sorted and the club are on a financially sound footing hopefully, then what? Well in our opinion, why not promote the youth? Create a squad from within therefore if one or two make it, the club becomes self-sustaining and hopefully, this kind of disaster will never occur again.

Of course, the club can’t rely entirely on youth as there is slim hope of survival, therefore we would recommend looking at loans and free agents. Furthermore, as Bolton isn’t the only club having financial woes, perhaps although it upsets us to say, they should look at the other clubs in similar situations to themselves and take their better players.

If Bolton can hang on to any of their squad, then that is a bonus in our eyes, as truly we don’t believe there will be many left come the opening day of next season. Next season should be basically a rebirth for the club with a different ethos of promoting youth and then cashing in, similar to that of Crewe, Bolton have amazing facilities from their Premier League days if they can get them back after administration. So why not use them to their fullest and create stars for the future, instead of buying players and spending more money on a short term fix.

Rangers’ Packed Out Ibrox or Peterborough’s EFL Push – Oldham Atheltic’s Edmundson Tough Decision

George Edmundson is a man in demand and it’s being reported that a deal has been agreed between Oldham and Peterborough, which will see the defender join The Posh imminently.

Rangers have also been interested in signing the young defender. Steven Gerrard’s side finished 2nd to Celtic last season and, will be looking to win the league next campaign. Edmundson could provide that real stability and leading figure at the back, that Gerrard is searching for.

The highly-rated Oldham player is spoilt for choice. Two great, ambitious clubs are fighting for his signature, which will only improve his performance and reputation.

Peterborough are suggesting they are really up for a promotion push next season, having already signed Mohamed Eisa for big money, and added experience in signing Mark Beevers. Both are very good signings in League One, if they keep hold of Ivan Toney and Marcus Maddison, I expect to see them challenging for automatic promotion. Darren Ferguson almost guided his side into 6th spot last season, but perhaps they needed to be better prepared for life in the Championship anyway,  and I feel this summer they are building a squad to prepare for life in the higher division.

On the other hand, Rangers are a much bigger side and an attractive proposition for most footballers. It’s an opportunity to play at a packed out Ibrox every week, play in old-firm derbies and work with Steven Gerrard, sounds tough to turn down?

Either way, whichever club he joins, he’ll succeed and it’s a great move. Does he want to stay in England and try to climb the EFL with Peterborough, or move onto pastures new and sign for Scottish giants Rangers? That’s his choice, and I imagine it’ll take a while to decide.

OPINION: Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson To Ride Into Bury FC & Save The Day is a Career Ender – Agree?

There’s a job opening at the team that won promotion from League Two last season, Bury FC. You’d think the applicants would be queuing up at the chance to take on the side, that’s where you would be wrong.

The off-field situation is bleak, nobody is sure who’s been paid, nobody knows when they are going to get paid, in fact, I think 99% of the players at Bury don’t know if they will be playing for them come the 2019/20 season. It will need a miracle worker if they are going to stay up next season.

Rumour is that Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson joint managers of Chester FC are being linked to the job. Is that because the owner of Bury loves saving every penny he can, so thinking to bring two guys up from Non-League will be cheaper than getting someone with League One experience? I think so.

Johnson apparently is a fan of Bury, so you could understand him wanting to ride in and save the day for his favourite club, but as the two of them have a great little project going on down at Chester, are they really going to sacrifice all of that for the sinking ship that currently is Bury?

The risk of not getting paid, the probable instant relegation to League Two surely it is a borderline career ender?

If Bury where on a better footing financially, then you could forgive the pair of them making the move. Full-time management at the highest level neither of them have been at and a larger paycheck, but it just isn’t worth the risk currently. The grass isn’t always greener.

Photo credit: Terry Marland

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