Championship Transfer Review (3/4)

Written by David Robinson

The transfer window is now closed following a very interesting summer with plenty of deals and record breaking figures going around in the Championship. Here All Out Football review each Championship sides business with a rating and an opinion on how each club have done in a four part series. All deals have rough figures attached to them with details not being released by the clubs.

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Ipswich Town

Ins: Tom Lawrence (loan) – Leon Best (free) – Conor Grant (loan) – Adam Webster (£700k) – Grant Ward (£600k) – Paul Digby (free) – Jonny Williams (loan)

Outs: Daryl Murphy (£3m) – Matt Clarke (free) – Piotr Malarczyk  (loan) – Larsen Toure (released) – Kevin Foley (released) – Jay Tabb (released) – Josh Yorwerth (released)

It’s becoming even more difficult for Ipswich Town to compete at the higher end of the league when they are having to battle sides that spend far more. They’ve kept most of their squad together, one that will certainly do a job for Mick McCarthy. Grant Ward has already impressed since joining, he will be considered the big money signing for Ipswich so there are encouraging signs there while the likes of Tom Lawrence, Leon Best and Adam Webster can bolster the squad which can provide to be useful over the season. The big ins and outs are first of all Daryl Murphy, the 33 year has raked in £3 million which is excellent business I think when considering the other striking options at the club.

Jonny Williams was a deadline day arrival, one that Ipswich fans will know well with the Palace man previously been at Portman Road on loan. This is one that should excite the fans having made a real impression there before. A big lift to a club that struggles in terms of resources but not in terms of fight so maybe not the best summer in terms of really pushing on but that’s difficult when you look at what other clubs are spending however keeping the nucleus of the team together could be far more important anyway.

Rating: 6/10

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Leeds United

Ins: Pontus Jansson (loan) – Liam Bridcutt (unknown) – Marcus Antonsson (£2m) – Kyle Bartley (loan) – Robert Green (free) – Kemar Roofe (£3m) – Matt Grimes (loan) – Robert Green (free) – Hadi Sacko (loan) – Luke Ayling (£700k) – Pablo Hernandez (loan) – Eunan O’Kane (unknown)

Outs: Scott Wootten (free) – Lewis Cook (initial £6m) – Casper Sloth (unknown) – Giuseppe Bellusci (loan) – Mirco Antenucci (released) – Lewis Walters (released) – Lee Erwin (loan) – Tommaso Bianchi (unknown) – Jordan Botaka (loan)

Garry Monk has certainly looked to put his own stamp on his Leeds United side making quite a few changes to his squad. His time in charge hasn’t exactly started well but I do believe they have made quite a few good additions and if Monk is to try to implement a Swansea like philosophy this will certainly take time. Keemar Roofe if highly rated and could prove to be a match winner while really nearly of those signings can add something to the team. Matt Grimes and Eunan O’Kane will be pivotal for implementing a fluid style of play while goals will be needed up front, time will tell if Marcus Antonsson is that man to provide them. I do think Leeds have been sensible with their bids and despite Cellino being a disaster they have at least given themselves a lift with their business.

They did lose Lewis Cook with the teenager a real emerging talent, that’s blow particularly in the long term and in comparison to other deals they look to have lost out but other than this Leeds don’t look to have lost any other valuable players. There is plenty of Football League experience there which is proven to be good enough at this level. The ones from abroad though may be significant as they have the pressure of providing the cutting edge to the side, a factor that can be heavily decisive if Leeds want to aim around the play-offs. While we can’t make a judgement on these players yet, the ones we do know about look to have built a stronger squad.

Rating: 7.5/10

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Newcastle United

Ins: Achraf Lazaar (£3m) – Daryl Murphy (£3m) – DeAndre Yedlin (£5m) – Ciaran Clark (£5m) – Mo Diame (£4.5m) – Stuart Findlay (fee) – Jesus Gamez (£1.5m) – Matt Ritchie (£12m) – Grant Hanley (£5.5m) – Dwight Gayle (£10m) – Isaac Hayden (£2.5m) – Matz Sels (£4.5m) – Christian Atsu (loan)

Outs: Alex Gilliead (loan) – Emmanuel Riviere (loan) – Adam Armstrong (loan) – Gael Bigirimana (free) – Tim Krul (loan) – Daryl Janmaat (£7m) – Henri Saivet (loan) – Siem De Jong (loan) – Mehdi Abeid (unknown) – Gini Wijnaldum (£25m) – Andros Townsend (£13m) – Remy Cabella (£7.3m) – Papiss Cisse (£5m) – Fabricio Coloccini (free) – Steven Taylor (released) – Ivan Toney (loan) – Florian Thauvin (loan) – Moussa Sissoko (£30m) – Sammy Ameobi (loan) – Haris Vuckic (loan) – Kyle Cameron (loan) – Jamie Sterry (loan)

How does Mike Ashley do it? He’s made a staggering £55 million for two players that I’m sure infuriated the Newcastle fans last season on their way to relegation. With yet even more excellent sales away from St James Park, this has provided Rafa Benitez with the funds to go and create an excellent side that will look to get automatic promotion. They’ve generally made some very good signings and learnt their lessons by signing proven players even though it has cost them more in doing so.

Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle should be top players in the league having spent big on them both while Diame looks an excellent piece of value for money. They have shored up all around the pitch particularly in defence where Grant Hanley looks the pick of the bunch. With so many good additions to go through, ultimately Newcastle look a lot more balanced thanks to the purchases they’ve made. They had strength in depth and a mentality that can handle the Championship, one that may not have been the case with the players that failed last season. Overall it’s looking very good for Newcastle now although this doesn’t guarantee anything, they had to make changes to a poor squad and have done so, a tough season still awaits.

Rating: 10/10

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Norwich City

Ins: Nelson Oliveira (unknown) – Paul Jones (free) – Alex Pritchard (£8m) – Sergi Canos (£2.5m) – Michael McGovern (free)

Outs: Vadis Odijdia Ofoe (unknown) – Declan Rudd (loan) – Jake Kean (free) – Gary O’Neil (free) – Nathan Redmond (£11m) – Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (unknown) – Jamar Loza (loan) – Remi Matthews (loan) – Tony Andreu (loan) – James Maddison (loan)

Norwich always seem to handle their business in a really sensible fashion and that has again been the case. Nathan Redmond was the main departure and while securing good money for the money, they have spent wisely themselves. Sergi Canos, Nelson Oliveira and Alex Pritchard have all proven they can be top players in this league and all three I believe can really an awful lot to Alex Neil’s side. Alex Pritchard in particular is a really talented player, someone that needed to get out of White Hart Lane. He should thrive with his creative talents at Carrow Road. In what is already a tried and tested squad in the Championship, they’ve probably managed to improve their squad and add an alternative up front to help Cameron Jerome. Keeping the likes of Robbie Brady must go down as a huge result in itself. Really impressive business from Norwich.

Rating: 9.5/10

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Nottingham Forest

Ins: Mustapha Carayol (free) – Vladimir Stojkovic (free) – Armand Traore (free) – Hildeberto Pereira (loan) – Thomas Lam (free) – Apostolos Vellios (£1m) – Damien Perquis (free) – Stephen Henderson (free) – Patjim Kasami (loan) – Nicolao Dimitru (loan) – Lica (£300k) – Mustapha Carayol (free) – Nicolao Dumitru (loan)

Outs: Tyler Walker (loan) – Oliver Burke (£13m) – Jamie Paterson (unknown) – Dorus De Vries (£400k) – Robert Tesche (free) – Kelvin Wilson (free) – Lars Veldwijk (free) – Alex Lacovitti (loan) – Jamie Ward (loan) – Dimitar Evitmov (loan) – Tyler Walker (loan)

In what is a decent squad, Forest fans who now don’t have to put up with an embargo would’ve been hoping for quality additions to join the likes of Henri Lansbury and Britt Assombalonga. Instead Forest’s owner decided to sell on the hottest young Football League properties about for £13 million and barely put any of it back, buying cheap and uninspiring foreign options. While the Reds new foreign policy could bring about a few good deals from a glance it seems that the club hasn’t really moved forwards this window. While De Vries may be the only other really disappointing departure it seems like Fawaz Al Hasawi is cheating the fans.

In terms of what they have brought in, Patjim Kasami could be inspired on a loan deal, while Mustapha Carayol and Armand Traore will provide well known options to help out the squad but this is probably not enough to take Forest to where they will want to be. That being said the new imports deserve a chance to see what they can produce so it may not all be too bad at the City Ground however losing a youth product is never an easy one to take.

Rating: 5/10

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Preston North End

Ins: Simon Makienok (loan) – Chris Maxwell (free) – Tommy Spurr (free) – Callum Robinson (compensation) – Eoin Doyle (unknown) – Ben Pringle (unknown) – Anders Lingergaard (free) – Aiden McGeady (loan) – Alex Baptiste (loan) – Marnick Vermijl (unknown)

Outs: Joe Garner (£1.5m) – Josh Brownhill (compensation) – Chris Kirkland (released) – Kyel Reid (release) – Neil Kilkenny (released)

A good season at Deepdale last season, Preston will be looking for something similar if not better this year. This summer has seen a few changes with Joe Garner leaving, a player who performed well during his time their. All of the players brought in by Simon Grayson are of similar nature, they all are a well know quantity having played in England. They all seem to be to a decent level as well so these additions should create a competitive squad and with Alex Baptiste and Aiden McGeady coming in on deadline day this should help Preston get out of the poor start that they have made.

The likes of Lindergaard, Robinson, Doyle Vermijl have already been at the club so effectively there aren’t too many fresh faces coming in. There are no real names here that make you get excited about Preston’s chances however they have built on a reliable group. Not much gained and not much lost.

Rating: 6/10

Do you agree with the ratings? What have been the standout deals from these lists? Let us know in the comments below!

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PART 1 HERE – PART 2 HERE – PART 4 HERE