Championship Transfer Review (4/4)

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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QPR

Ins: Pawel Wszolek (loan) – Idrissa Sylla (£1.75m) – Jordan Cousins (£1.25m) – Yeni Ngbakoto (£2.5m) – Jake Bidwell (£1.3m) – Joel Lynch (£1.5m) – Ariel Borysiuk (unknown)

Outs: Reece Grego-Cox (loan) – Cole Kpekawa (£450k) – Darnell Furlong (loan) – Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (loan) – Michael Doughty (loan) – Matt Phillips (£5.5m) – Leroy Fer (£4.75m) – Junior Hoilett (free) – Armand Traore (free) – Clint Hill (free) – Alejandro Faurlin (free) – Robert Green (free) – Jake Mulraney (free) – Frankie Sutherland (free) – Daniel Tozser (free) – Samba Diakite (free) – Yun-Suk Young (free) – Oscar Gobern (free)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has had his first real chance to build his QPR side and he has made quite a few changes at Loftus Road. He managed to gain funds from big sales to Leroy Fer and Matt Phillips which has allowed him to go on and get a few well known Championship players as well as some unknown quantities. Bidwell, Lynch and Cousins should make the R’s a more compact unit, something that looks to be the case early on with three clean sheets in five. They’ve tried to bring in more options in attack, an area where they’re not formidable, with faces from abroad we’ll see how that unfolds. With a settled team, QPR have seemingly lost that mercurial edge and under their manager have a more combative group which has been added too this summer.

They’ve lost a lot of players which can only be good for their wage bill and having a smaller squad may not be a problem unless they get unlucky with injuries. Some good work from QPR in the English market, if their foreign imports make a bigger impact then QPR may surprise many this season.

Rating: 7/10

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Reading

Ins: Tyler Blackett (unknown) – Liam Moore (£1m) – Sandro Wieser (free) – Callum Harriott (unknown) – Yakou Meite (unknown) – Roy Beerens (£1.25m) – Anssi Jaakkola (unknown) – John Swift (compensation) – Danzell Gravenberch (unknown) – Joey Van Den Berg (free) – Joseph Mendes (unknown)

Outs: Tarique Fosu (loan) – Jack Stacey (loan) – Aaron Tshibola (£5m) – Robson-Kanu (free) – Pierce Sweeney (free) – Anton Ferdinand (free) – Simon Cox (free) – Craig Tanner (loan) – Oliver Norwood (unknown) – Jonathon Bond (loan) – Paolo Hurtado (loan) – Rowan Liburd (unknown) – Dom Hyam (loan)

Plenty of fresh faces and some very exciting young players enter the Madejski Stadium. First of all the club have lost a few players with Oliver Norwood and Aaron Tshibola the most standout names. However there is a clearly a strategy to form a young and hungry group under Jaap Stam. I like the word they have done defensively bringing in both the promising Tyler Blackett and Liam Moore. The Dutch manager will be wanting to pass on his experience to help plenty of new recruits. Callum Harriott and John Swift also are both proven at this level and look very crafty deals. You can see competition for places being high and that is only a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

While the club haven’t lost too many important names a lot will hinge on the success of the likes of Roy Beerens and Van Den Berg, players we don’t know much about but are clearly highly rated by the club. Overall the Reading squad looks stronger all round this season, they will be wanting to be a bit more consistent and improve on what has been a fairly poor start.

Rating: 8/10

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Rotherham United

Ins: Dael Fry (loan) – Tom Adeyemi (loan) – Izzy Brown (loan) – Dominic Ball (unknown) – Darnell Fisher (unknown) – Scott Allan (loan) – Jon Taylor (£500k) – Kelvin Wilson (free) – Forster-Caskey (loan) -Anthony Forde (unknown) – Will Vaulks (£300k) – Lewis Price (free) –

Outs: Matt Derbyshire (free) – Adam Colin (free) – Lewis Buxton (free) – Paul Green (free) – Frazer Richardson (free) – Jerome Thomas (free) – Alex Cairns (free) – Emmanuel Ledesma (free) – Leon Best (free) – Paddy Kenny (free) – Richard Smallwood (loan) – Chris Dawson (loan) – Tom Thorpe (loan) – Lloyd Doyley (free) – Danny Collins (free)

There is always plenty of change with Rotherham, they’ve managed to bring in several young players, ones that will be hungry for success. They have however got a balance of experience with Kelvin Wilson & Tom Adeyemi full of Championship experience. The continual turnover of players has clearly worked in the past, they keep on defying the odds to stay up but I’m sure many will question how long they can keep that up.

I do fear that they might not have enough goals in their team as they don’t seem to have a striker of real quality. They have definitely made some good additions and spent on transfer fees this time round but it could be difficult to mould an effective team even with so many options. They will be placing a lot of pressure on young players and when they’re likely to be in a dogfight, it’s a risky strategy.

Rating: 7.5/10

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Sheffield Wednesday

Ins: Adam Reach (£5m) – Almen Abdi (£4m) – Steven Fletcher (free) – Jake Kean (free) – Vincent Sasso (free) – Jordan Thorniley (free) – Daniel Pudil (unknown) – David Jones (unknown)

Outs: Marnick Vermijl (unknown) – Caolan Lavery (unknown) – Cameron Dawson (loan) – Will De Havilland (free) – Darryl Lachman (free)

Not an overly active for Wednesday but they have spent a decent amount on both Almen Abdi and Adam Reach, I’m not convinced they will achieve value for money particularly if they play Abdi in a wide position. The former Watford man was key at Vicarage Road so it looks a very good signing but the Owls will need to find a system that bests suit what is a squad that gets stronger every year.

I do like how they’ve kept the core of their play-off team together, drastic changes were certainly not needed but adding a couple of fresh alternatives was always going to be a boost. Adam Reach seems to be a reliable player at this level although he’ll need to step up to repay his transfer fee. Steven Fletcher remains an interesting deal on a free transfer, I personally don’t rate him highly but if you can play to his strengths he could be a very smart addition at Hillsborough. Overall Wednesday’s transfers might not stand out in comparison to others but they already had a good squad, that continuity from last season could mean that it’s just a case of carrying on.

Rating: 7/10

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Wigan Athletic

Ins: Adam Le Fondre (loan) – Reece Burke (loan) – Jake Buxton (unknown) – Alex Gilbey (unknown) – Nick Powell (free) – Jordi Gomez (unknown) – Luke Garbutt (loan) – Shaun MacDonald (unknown) – Adam Bogdan (loan) – Kyle Knoyle (loan) – Dan Burn (free) – Nathan Byrne (£500k) – Kaiyne Woolery (unknown) –

Outs: Ryan Colclough (loan) – Leon Barnett (free) – Chris McCann (free) – Emyr Huws (unknown) – Andrew Taylor (loan) – Jason Pearce (unknown) – Lee Nicholls (unknown) – Sanmi Odelusi (loan) – Tim Chow (free) – Kevin McNaughton (free) – Reece Wabara (free) – Danny Whitehead (loan) – Ryan Jennings (free) – Billy McKay (loan) – Jack Hendry (loan)

The DW Stadium has seen quite a few switches this summer, plenty of ins and outs, ones that are largely well known to Championship fans. I think Wigan have made quite a few impressive signings since gaining promotion to the Championship. Adam Le Fondre will normally get you goals, if you can get the best out of him it can make all of the difference while a mix of youth and experience gives Gary Caldwell great options at his disposal. He will be wanting to see plenty from the highly rated Reece Burke, Kyle Knoyle and Luke Garbutt and he will know all about the quality that Jordi Gomez possesses. With plenty of additions all over the pitch this is now a side with a lot of know how and it’s hard to pick fault in many of the signings who haven’t cost much at all.

The Latics won’t be too concerned about too many of their departures either so they have only built on a good side in my opinion.

Rating: 7.5/10

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ins: Ivan Cavaleiro (£7m) – Richard Stearman (loan) – Romain Saiss (£3.4m) – Jack Ruddy (unknown) – Paul Gladon (unknown) – Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (loan) – Prince Oniangue (£2m) – Joao Teixeira (loan) – Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (unknown) – Silvio (free) – Helder Costa (loan) – Ola John (loan) –

Outs: Ethan Ebanks-Landell (loan) – Kevin McDonald (£1.2m) – Andy Longergan (unknown) – Rajiv Van La Parra (unknown) – Nathan Byrne (£5ook) – Aaron McCarey (free) – Bjorn Sigurdarson (free) – Tommy Rowe (free) – Zeli Ismail (free) – Razak Boukari (free) – Aaron Collins (loan) – Liam McAlinden (free) – James Henry (loan)

A crazy summer for Wolves in the end with new ownership meaning that plenty of late deals have been struck. While I cannot comment on an awful lot of their new recruits I’m fairly sure they are starting to head in the right direction now. Their squad definitely needed lifting with an over reliance on their young players, as talented as they are. They’ve gone big on deals as well, happily spending millions on quite a few players. The well known players are Cameron Borthwick-Jackson who is versatile and if he can continue his development will be a sensible addittion. The return of Richard Stearman I think could be important, a player that knows the club and someone that can guide the new recruits as well as offering a good option at the back.

Ola John didn’t seem convincing in his last spell in England but this is a fresh opportunity for a number of new players although of course there is more of an element of risk about coming from overseas. Over a long Championship season we will find out how many of them make a difference but certainly reason to be optimistic for Wolves.

Rating: 7/10

Do you agree with these ratings? What has been the best deal from the lists above? Let us know in the comments below!

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PART 1 HERE – PART 2 HERE – PART 3 HERE