So the transfer window has slammed shut and we have our squad until January (excluding any out of contract players, which are always rare) and it looks like this:-
Lots of chatter about the size of the squad and this Squad is 26 strong (with the option of U23's to supplement)
So would love to hear what people think of the makeup of this squad and how we will fare this season, how it compares to the squad Cooper had?
Also when everyone is fit what do people think our best team is?
For my part, I think the squad size is good but everyone is likely required to play their part, which means opportunities for the younger players (I get the feeling RM will not be afraid to use them).
Difficult to compare with last seasons squad but my initial impression is that it's much more attacking and overall instils a sense of excitement in me, although as it was last season it seems the CF position is the most glaring weakness although Piroe has started well and Obafemi has great potential to be a star at Championship level.
Midfield has surely improved as we still have Grimes, Fulton and Smith (last seasons stalwarts) and we have added Walsh, Ntcham & Downes
Defence is similar, yes we have lost Guehi and Roberts (but last year we lost Rodon and many thought that was the end of the world). I worry about the defence after the first few games but am hopeful that Rhys Williams will improve things and whilst we have the numbers there is definitely work to do based upon the performances to start the season.
My biggest worry is the wing-backs as I think these are crucial positions in the RM team and we are quite light in these positions, Laird I am sure is quality but who is his cover? On the left-hand side, Manning and Bidwell will do a decent job but neither has the pace I think the position demands (although I would give Manning the nod).
My best 11 at this point would be:
Cabango Williams Cooper
Laird Ntcham Grimes Paterson Manning
*** I do think there will be lots of rotation with the midfield 3 ***
Overall I am really excited to see how the next few months pan out !!