Tomorrow, at 11pm, the transfer window slams shut. These days have a habit of being very quiet, or very busy, and I think I echo Walsall fans, that a quiet one would be the preferred choice.
We all know that rumours have been growing about Adebayo, and Jules. As of early Sunday afternoon, these are the only two that we have seen rumours for, from legitimate sources. I cannot see any others leaving, except potentially some of the younger players moving on loan, but that won’t need to be finalised tomorrow.
Of the two that are rumoured to be ‘under offer’ it is looking more like Adebayo could be on his way out. It has been reported from multiple sources that a bid of £250,000 has come in. I think that sort of money is tough to turn down, and with any other clauses added on too, the board will be having a tough decision to make.
The rumours with Jules have quietened down, but that does not mean they have ended. Like with Adebayo, it is tough to turn down a good offer, however with no figures published, we do not know if Walsall are being tested with a low offer to test the water. It is worth noting that MK Dons are the team showing the most interest in Jules, and as they lost Keogh to Huddersfield, and Dean Lewington is in his mid-late 30s, he does seem a logical addition, as he can fill in both positions. They also sold 22 year-old Regan Poole to Lincoln over the weekend, so defensive reinforcements are on their agenda!
With Wright, Vincent and Reid all coming in, I cannot see any more additions, unless either Jules or Adebayo, or anyone else leaves. Vincent has come in to add some depth to midfield, and will provide an extra option with Guthrie looking like he won’t be playing for a while.
The reason tomorrows deadline could be busy, it because we don’t have the surplus players that can leave. If a player goes, we need a replacement. Jules is looking set to be a Left-back, and play there more than in the middle. If he leaves, we have only one player available on the left, and Cockerill-Mollett is fairly injury prone.
Up top, Adebayo leaving means we are short. With Nolan and Wright playing well, it does allow Gordon to play central, and possibly even up top. Reid is also an option as a striker, and it leaves the board and management with an decision. If Adebayo is sold for £250,000, do they reinvest straight away, or take their time to find a replacement in the summer? Either has their good and bad points.
Other than this, I cannot see other transfer activity. It will be led by the sale of current players. What do you think? Do you think there are any other players that could be off, or any signings that could be made?