Championship Transfer Review (2/4)

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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Bristol City

Ins: Diego De Girolamo (free) – Hordur Magnusson (£2.5m) – Gary O’Neil (free) – Jamie Paterson (unknown) – Adam Matthews (loan) – Ivan Lucic (unknown) – Tammy Abraham (loan) – Lee Tomlin (£3m) – Josh Brownhill (compensation) – Taylor Moore (£1.5m) – Callum O’Dowda (£1.2m) – Gustav Engvall (unknown)

Outs: Paul Arnold Garita (loan) – Jonathan Kodjia (£15m) – Karleigh Osbourne (free) – Scott Wagstaff (free) – Derrick Williams (unknown) – Kieran Agard (unknown) – Luke Ayling (£700k) – Wes Burns (loan) – El Abd (released) – Zak Vyner (loan)

Losing a key player so close to the deadline is not ideal but the Robins will take pleasure I’m sure from £13 million profit for Jonathan Kodjia. The loan signing of Tammy Abraham should also soften the blow with the Chelsea youngster scoring five already this season. However over a long campaign there must be concerns about how big a miss Kodjia will be, deadline day signing Gustav Engvall might prove to be vital. Elsewhere and Bristol City looked to have strengthened in my opinion, signing Lee Tomlin permanently was an early indicator that Bristol City are looking to climb the league. Elsewhere the have attracted a real blend of Football League experience with Callum O’Dowda a key player in Oxford’s promotion side last season while not knowing much about Hordur Magnusson and Taylor Moore, clearly there is some investment in the heart of the defence where they will be wanting a return by being a side that is hard to crack. The likes of Jamie Paterson and Gary O’Neil are known in the Championship, while they don’t hit you as great deals, Ashton Gate looks to have a squad now that has depth.

Rating: 7/10

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Burton Albion

Ins: Ryan Delaney (unknown) – Lloyd Dyer (free) – Jackson Irvine (£25ok) – Kyle McFazdean (£500k) – Chris O’Grady (loan) – Ben Turner (free) – Lee Williamson (free) – John Brayford (loan) – Will Miller (loan) – Hamza Choudhury (loan) – Shaun Barker (free) – Jamie Ward (loan)

Outs: Anthony O’Connor (free) – Calum Butcher (free) – Phil Edwards (loan) – Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (released) – George Taft (free) – Dean Lyness (free) – Sam Hornby (loan) – Robbie Weir (released) – Darius Charles (free)

Burton Albion have taken to Championship football very nicely so far with a couple of high profile wins vs Sheffield Wednesday and Derby. Their new signings have already made an impact and Nigel Clough will be hoping that is the case for the whole season. With limited resources Clough has brought in players that he trusts and with the emphasis on the team they should be able to do a job.

The names brought in are generally decent players at this level but no more. While there may not be a whole abundance of quality with these players they are clever deals because they bring valuable qualities that can help Burton Albion fight relegation. All of these players will fight for the cause and many will have a lot of know how to provide the team. Clough has worked with a few before so it should be an instant click at the club. Chris O’Grady will be a decisive one, a player that flourished in a similar situation with Barnsley. The Pirelli Stadium will be hoping to see a similar level of goals while he also suits Burton to a tee, being a great team player.

Burton are full of strong and powerful players with the additions they have brought in so overall they have got the tools to be able to navigate their way through games.

Rating: 7.5/10

 

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Cardiff City

Ins: Ben Amos (loan) – Emyr Huws (unknown) – Jazz Richards (swap) – Frederic Gounongbe (free) – Lex Immers (unknown) – Joe Bennett (free) – Rickie Lambert (unknown)

Outs: David Marshall (£3.5m) – Simon Moore (£500k) – Tom Adeyemi (loan) – Fabio (£2m) – Scott Malone (swap) – Eoin Doyle (unknown) – Ben Turner (free) – Kenwyne Jones (free) – Joe Lewis (free) – Filip Kiss (free) – Etien Velikonja (free) – Idriss Saadi (loan) – Adedeji Oshilaja (loan) – Federico Macheda (free) – Adam Le Fondre (loan)

A tricky window for the Bluebirds who are another side that will not be able to splash the cash. They’ve freed up quite a few players with David Marshall and Fabio notable outgoings. So with a more trim squad the players that they’ve signed will be important. Rickie Lambert, a deadline day move, will be the most interesting. I can’t imagine he will be as effective as he used to be so while I see why he has been brought in I’d be worried about not having enough goals brought in.

With no particularly eye catching names brought in to the Cardiff City Stadium they are all equally solid additions which under the right management could prove to be useful. In what is quite a solid if not unspectacular squad Cardiff don’t seem to have gone backwards nor forwards much this summer.

Rating: 5/10

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Derby County 

Ins: Matej Vydra (£8m) – James Wilson (loan) – Chris Weale (free) – Ikechi Anya (£4m)

Outs: Lee Grant (loan) – Jake Buxton (unknown) – Kelle Roos (loan) – Ryan Shotton (£300k) – Raul Albentosa (uknown) – Stephen Warnock (free) – Ivan Calero (free) – Conor Sammon (free) – Jeff Hendrick (£10m) – Chris Martin (loan) – Lee Grant (loan)

It was looking like a very quiet window for Derby until late on when Matej Vydra and Ikechi Anya were both signed from Watford. I personally remain unsure whether Vydra will be a hit at the IPro Stadium. Firstly his form away from Vicarage Road has been pretty awful with a loan to Reading last season a disaster. There is no doubting his talent but he will have to really step up now. More than likely without his all important strike partner Troy Deeney, I’m not sure what Pearson’s plan are but to get the best out the Czech International he should be playing alongside a partner who can feed him the ball perfectly with his quality runs, dare I say a Chris Martin type player…

Ikechi Anya also joins, another player who at times did well for Watford in the Championship, his work rate both offensively and defensively is second to none. He can certainly beat a man with trickery and pace but his end product is pretty horrific in truth, time will tell if he can be a good addition for Derby, I’m not so sure for the money they’ve paid for him. Overall Derby already had a good squad, losing Hendrick is a blow but they are well covered in central midfield. Clearly Pearson already believes it’s gone a bit stale which is why late changes have been made, losing Chris Martin despite poor form loses another dimension which makes me question the Rams overall business. However with two good additions and the right work from the former Leicester boss, it could prove to be a spark that’s needed.

Rating: 6/10

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Fulham

Ins: Stefan Johansen (£2m) – Ragnar Sigurdsson (unknown) – Sone Aluko (free) – David Button (£1.5m) – Scott Malone (swap) – Kevin McDonald (£1.2m) – Tomas Kalas (loan) – Floyd Ayite (uknown) – Michael Madl – Neeskens Kebano (£3.5m) – Jozabed Sanchez (£3.5m) – Denis Odoi (unknown) – Chris Martin (loan) – Lucas Piazon (loan)

Outs: Richard Stearman (loan) – Dan Burn (released) – Moussa Dembele (free) – Emerson Hyndman (free) – Andy Lonergan (unknown) – Jamie O’Hara (released) – Jazz Richards (swap) – Maarten Stekelenburg (£1m) – Ross McCormack (£12m) – George Williams (loan) – Cameron Burgess (loan)  – Shaun Hutchinson (released) –  Konstantinos Mitroglou (£5.5m) – Ben Pringle (unknown) – Fernando Amorebieta (£255k) – Alexander Kacaniklic (released) – Jack Grimmer (loan) – Larnell Cole (loan) – Richard Stearman (loan)

Plenty of change at Craven Cottage this summer with the Cottagers losing their deadly strike partnership of Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack. Losing Dembele on a free was horrific for the club especially following a torrid season where they would’ve wanted to keep their best players to make a go of it in Jokanovic’s first full season. The sale of McCormack is also huge so it was important Fulham invested very well. They do seem to have made a number of positive additions with McDonald, Kalas, Button and now Chris Martin all proven to be more than capable at this level. A finer balance in the side could be struck so surprisingly Fulham could benefit and 11 points from 5 games suggests that. With a mix of names from abroad costing the club quite a bit of money, we cannot make a judgement on these players yet but that could be even more positive for Fulham should they turn out to be very good players. With a few talented players at the club I think Jokanovic can consider it to be a decent window in the end.

Rating: 8/10

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Huddersfield Town

Ins: Joel Coleman (unknown) – Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (£500k) – Ivan Paurevic (£450k) – Jon Stankovic (uknown) – Danny Ward (loan) – Jack Payne (compensation) – Michael Hefele (unknown) – Chris Lowe (free) – Christopher Schindler (£1.8m) – Elias Kachunga (loan) – Rajiv Van La Parra (unknown) – Aaron Mooy (loan) – Kasey Palmer (loan)

Outs: Duane Holmes (released) – Joel Lynch (£1.5m) – Kyle Dempsey (loan) – Jordy Hiwula (loan) – Lloyd Allinson (released) – Ishamel Miller (released) – James Vaughan (free) – Ben Holmes (loan) – Joe Wright (free) – Karim Matmour (released) – Jason Davidson (loan) – William Boyle (loan) – Flo Bojaj (loan) – Jack Senior (unknown)

It would be very difficult of me to base my judgement on a series of players that I have never watched although I did predict Huddersfield Town as ones to watch this season. They have brought in a fair few players from abroad and the biggest compliment you can give them is that Huddersfield Town sit top of the table with an impressive 13 points from 5 games. The likes of Danny Ward, Jack Payne and Van La Parra have that English experience and look to be very solid additions.

Huddersfield have also been able to keep hold of their most important players and this combined with what looks like an excellent transfer strategy puts the Terriers in a position where they really could cause more than their fair share of shocks this season. David Wagner certainly has plenty of options to work with.

Ratings: 8/10

Do you agree with the ratings? What have been the best/worst deals from the lists above? Let us know in the comments below!

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PART 1 HERE – PART 3 HERE – PART 4 HERE