Brentford’s local newspaper saying we’re in talks with the club over Ryan Woods. He’d be a superb signing for centre mid in my opinion.
Can you imagine him and Clucas in the centre of midfield tho!? Ginger central! 😂
Nicknamed ‘the Ginger Pirlo’ ... ‘Possessing an extensive passing range, gifting him his Pirlo nickname, Woods is constantly looking to dictate the game’s tempo.’
‘But the 24-year-old is more than just a cultured footballer. He has a steeliness that sees him dominate the middle of the park and endears him to fans.
Vocal throughout a game, Woods carries leadership qualities out on the pitch and possesses a clear vision of what he expects from his team-mates, making him the archetypal ‘captain without the armband’.
With the ability to both drive forward with the ball and battle for possession, it’s this dynamism that makes him the lynchpin of Smith’s side.
Woods’ all-round game also lends itself to versatility, too, having played in both full-back positions, as well as out wide on occasion.’
Based on what little I've seen and read about Woods he sounds like a quality signing and would vastly improve our midfield. Hopefully, we can push Clucas out and bring him in.
If not, we should be looking at Renato Tapia from Feyenoord. Proper destroyer who can also play football, he can play all over midfield and in defence, and he's only 22. He started 10+ games at CB last season and was very impressive, and he played well for Peru at the World Cup. Proper total footballer, leader, would boss the midfield for us.
It might take some convincing for him to come to the Championship but he wasn't an automatic starter last season, and Feyenoord brought in Jordy Clasie on loan. Maybe we could pull this off, since Potter's so well-known and his stock is sky high.
Think it closes at the same time, however for EFL the loan window is open to the end of the month.
Yep kind of. All buying in PL and FL must finish by 5 pm this Thursday. But we can still sell players (overseas) or do loan deals (in or out) or sign unregistered players until end-August. Note that PL clubs can't sign loans beond Thursday but EFL clubs like us can.
For us critically that means players like Fed who'd been linked with overseas clubs could still leave up until the end-August. For players like Clucas where there's only been PL interest (as afar as we know) we'd need to get those deals wrapped up by Thursday if we're selling or loaning. If not, the only way we'd get shot is by selling or loaning to an overseas club.