As it stands …
Westwood – keep everything crossed he re-signs and we can keep him as number 1
Dawson/Wildsmith – loan one of them out if possible, the youth team keeper Wallis is meant to be very good and should be adequate as third choice and in case of keepers you’ve got emergency loan and recall where necessary.
Don’t need to sign anyone new
Palmer/Iorfa – should be good enough to cover the right back slot
Penney – has a lot of potential but you’d want a recognised first choice ahead of him
Baker/Fox – Not good enough, move on if at all possible
So, we need to sign a first choice left back. Hard to tell how good Aschraff Lazaar was on loan as injured a lot but might be fine with a full pre-season. Jake Bidwell is out of contract at QPR and Luke Garbutt might be a loan option from Everton.
Lees – Obviously keep unless we get a huge bid
Thorniley – Wouldn’t be first choice but a great squad player
Van Aken – Unless Bruce really is a miracle worker
Hutchinson – Still think he’s a natural CB and playing him here reduces his injuries and cards as well
So, we need to sign 1-2 centre backs. Michael Hector is obviously first choice if we can get him. I’d also look at potential loans for Grant Hanley (not played much for Norwich this season), Ashley Williams and Axel Tuanzebe. On a free could there be a sentimental return for Gary Cahill?
Hutchinson/Bannan/Pelupessy/Lee – On the face of it a good balance and cover in the middle with Reach also able to fill in. But Lee/Hutch probably can’t be relied upon for a full season.
Probably lack a bit of physicality in here. Mo Diame on loan from Newcastle would be ideal. Nick Powell is out of contract at Wigan and if we could get him as a number ten would give us a lot more options in how to play.
Reach – Only real option but also our most sellable asset if we do need to raise funds.
Will be an area where we need lots of activity, unless Bruce is tempted to use 3-5-2 as he has done before with Hull City and Birmingham and might suit us. Potential loan winger targets would include Rolando Aarons, Patrick Roberts, Yannick Bolasie. Could we also make a bid for Marcus Maddison at Peterborough?
Fletcher/Forestieri/Nuhiu/Joao/Rhodes/Winnall – All have their strengths but we probably still need to get shot of 2/6. The annoying thing is that those on the biggest wages - Rhodes and Fletcher - will be hardest to shift which means we might have to sell the younger players taking up less wages (Joao and Nuhiu) which isn't the better long term interests of the club and would leave you with a foursome of strikers around 30 and not likely to all be fit for 40 games. Only positive is if we can actually get fees for any of them.
In this area of the team will probably be more of a question of moving on, but someone up top with genuine pace is still something we’re lacking and should be considered if we can sell 2-3 of our forwards.