So I'm very confident Palmer, Lee & Westwood are staying, if this is the case, below is our current squad as it stands, what areas are most important to strengthen? who would you listen to offers for?
Wildsmith (make available for loan)
RB - Palmer
RB - Baker (make available for loan/transfer)
RB/CB - Iorfa
CB - Lees
CB - Thorinley
CB - Van Aken (make available for transfer)
LB - Fox
LB - Penney
MC - Bannan
MC - Lee
MC - Pelupessy
MC - Hutchinson
ML - Reach
SC - Fletcher
SC - Forestieri (listen to offers)
SC - Joao
SC - Nuhiu
SC - Winnall (make available for transfer)
SC - Rhodes (make available for transfer)
It's quite damming how much we need some pace on the wings, we need 2 or 3 really! Another centre mid is needed too, Hutch & Lee have the ability but we'll be lucky to get 30 games out of them each, Pelupessy is a trier and can do a job but I'd like see someone else come in who is creative so we're not so reliant on Bannan, Nick Powell would have been ideal but glad we pulled out of it if he's wanting crazy wages, them days have left us for now.
Not sure who's going to buy any of our strikers but for me I'd play Fletcher up front with Joao as it stands, all though if Nixon is right and we can get 8 million for him then he'd be gone for me!
Defence wise, we need either Hector back (unlikely) or another CB, the German lad who's name escapes me looks like it's all agreed so you could put him in there, maybe Van Aken could come good if he has a decent pre-season? Not sure, doesn't seem a Bruce type of CB for me. Thorniley was brilliant last season and wouldn't be surprised to see him partner Lees next season. Big season for Penney, I'd like to see him be our first choice LB, he was brillaint in September but was played out of position and his form suffered, then he got injured... he's a great full back though and think under Bruce we could see a quality player, I wouldn't be surprised if come September/October time we're screaming for him to get a new contract again as he only has 1 year left, but also think we could strengthen at LB, I think Bidwell would be a good free transfer. Fox I'm not bothered about either way, I think the stick he gets is OTT, decent squad player for me but wouldn't be bothered if he went elsewhere, but I think he's a good squad player, a bit below Palmer I'd say in terms of 'solid championship full back'. Also sounds like Odubajo is coming in too, not sure if it's all agreed but he'd be a good addition. Iorfa probably move to CB next season but gives us cover there too? Baker probably won't fit our squad.
If Bruce wants 6 new signings then I'm guess it'll be a new CB, RB, LB, CM & 2 wingers (with pace I hope!)