Who’s In And Who’s Out? – 30/6/14

Now that the Bees have made three quick-fire signings in the last week I thought it might be interesting to see what our Championship rivals have been up to so far in the transfer market.

It’s probably a good time to have our first look as this is probably the lull before the storm as a plethora of transfers will be announced this week after contracts expire at the end of June.

Some clubs seem to have done most of their shopping already whilst others have kept their powder dry.

Let’s start by looking at the two teams who were promoted alongside Brentford.

Rotherham in particular have engaged in a massive trolley dash with no less than ten new players joining them.

Some Millers fans however are already expressing concern about the consequences of so many members of a promoted team being ousted by newcomers and the potential effect on team morale.

It has to be said that Rotherham’s signings look patchy in the extreme.

Jordan Bowery looked out of his depth at Aston Villa but could come good if the raw promise he showed at Chesterfield is finally realised and Matt Derbyshire was patchy but had spells at Nottingham Forest last season when he was a real goal threat.

Febian Brandy and Ryan Hall are two others who have yet to fulfil their abundant promise having flattered to deceive elsewhere and Scott Loach is a once outstanding goalkeeper who also seems to have lost his way in recent years.

Does anyone see a pattern developing here?

Their remaining newcomers are journeymen with either a Championship or Division One background.

There is no evidence that their spending has finished with Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman, once a Bees target, apparently on Rotherham’s shopping list but their main transfer target, the excellent right back James Tavernier snubbed their approach this weekend and signed for moneybags Wigan.

This was a real blow for the Millers as he was a potent and pacy attacking threat for them last season as well as taking a mean free kick.

There are also rumours that several teams including the Bees are sniffing around star midfielder Ben Pringle.

Now he would be a great signing for the lucky team that captures him.

Wolves have been far more parsimonious to date with their only arrivals being the lightweight but skilful utility player Tommy Rowe from Peterborough and the unknown (to me anyway) Dutch Under 21 winger Rajiv van La Parra, signed on a free transfer from Heerenveen.

More surely to come.

What is more interesting at Molineux is the exit door with expensive talent such as Kevin Foley, Kevin Doyle, James O’Hara, Stephen Ward and Roger Johnson all on Kenny Jackett’s pariah list.

The other club very active to date in the transfer market has been Birmingham City – surprisingly perhaps given their ownership and financial situation.

Finally rid of the millstone of Nikola Zigic’s sixty-five thousand pounds per week wage, a figure that fully exemplifies the madness of football finances today, The Blues have brought in a mixed bag of nine players including some real quality in our own former hero, Clayton Donaldson, powerful striker Wes Thomas from Rotherham and Stephen Gleeson from MK Dons.

Clayton’s move has already been dissected to death but Thomas and in particular Gleeson are excellent players who I would have welcomed at Griffin Park.

Doncaster Rovers,who were were so devastated to see relegated on the last day of the season from the Championship, have shed three of their better paid players with David Cotterill and Mark Duffy joining Birmingham and former Bees loan target Chris Brown joining Jordan Rhodes at Blackburn.

In contrast Blackpool seem to be in turmoil and preparing for a five-a-side league having released fourteen players, sold six more and signed precisely nobody.

AFC Bournemouth also seem to be biding their time, having lost Lewis Grabban to Norwich City when they activated his  three million pound release fee, but with Adam Lallana apparently on the verge of a reported twenty-five million pound transfer to Liverpool, Bournemouth will have a massive six million pound sell on fee to add to their transfer war chest.

Callum Wilson anyone?

Cardiff City also seem to have invested wisely in Adam Le Fondre from Reading and Federico Machedo, finally leaving the  nest at Manchester United.

Ian Holloway is trying to rebuild at Millwall and has taken a gamble on free-scoring Halifax striker Lee Gregory and it will be interesting to compare his progress next season with that of Andre Gray.

Watford too look likely to score goals at one end through the returning Matej Vydra and then concede just as quickly with the erratic Heurelho Gomes replacing Manuel Almunia in goal.

The key question for them is whether they can hang onto their much-coveted star striker Troy Deeney.

Early days as of yet but there have already been many interesting transfers completed in the Championship with many more to come in the next few weeks with perhaps more arrivals expected at Griffin Park too!

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