James Nursey has provided some insight into who we will get in the summer.
Of course it is speculation but James has claimed he has been proved right on a few occasions. He has said this
@gazancfc #AVFC are signing midfielder Karim El Ahmadi next week. They also want new LB, RB, centre back & a striker
We have already signed Holman so if James is right then that is the 6 players we did need at a minimum and is probably the selection most would have gone for. There is one obvious position missing from this though, a winger or wide player. I know Holman can cover there but also for Ireland in the centre. It is the one area I would like to spend some big money in and never hid I would love Matt Phillips at the club.
You would expect some players to leave on top of this. It is not clear if the LB & RB are in addition to what we already have or just replacements when Hutton and/or Warnock leave. The forward needed is also intriguing, given we have just three and that includes Weimann at the start of his career (do not include Fonz). So then who is the player there given the wage constraints.
When we get to September 1st I really do believe we will have a few surprises. The first two who have come in have been at the cheaper end of the scale and we had to play in that market as we need too many players for a reported £20M net budget.
No idea how we can guess the starting line up for the West Ham game. Is Given and Bent the only two sure starters (if fit) ?