So here we are the January window is just around the corner and I think it’s safe to say that we anticipate that Deano will be actively seeking reinforcements in the January window.
Firstly he needs to make a decision on Connor Ronan thats set to depart. Let’s be honest neither of the four that we have signed on loan (Wilson, Johnson, Ronan, Fitzwater) have made the impact we expected them to. Unless Keates misses out on a target for the second window running because of our non existent budget then you would imagine Ronan will go back to Wolves.
Then we have the uncertainty as to whether Fitzwater will be recalled by West Bromwich Albion, leaving us fairly light in defence. Think it’s safe to say that the defence needs strengthening massively in January with the Saddlers conceding the fourth most goals in League 1 so far this season.
Then we have Josh Ginnelly. Keates has already confirmed the winger will be leaving on January 1st with Preston his likely destination. Despite having Ismail and Morris, Keates has favoured Ferrier and Gordon recently so a move into the market for a winger is a must.
Rumours on our second favourite fans site (behind us of course) UpTheSaddlers suggest that the Saddlers are set to announce the signing of a young Belgian on January 1st. He is set to sign a six month deal so will be seen as a future prospect.
We believe that Keates should be looking for a right back, centre back, left back, winger and a striker in the January window and if the budget allows we should be looking for a goalkeeper to take pressure off an out of sorts Liam Roberts.
Keates isn’t afraid to shake up his squad during the transfer window having signed five players for Wrexham in the last January window.
It will be a very interesting month for the Saddlers….but only if the budget allows.