Yesterday, Sam Burnett discussed on this website about how important the transfer window is this month. We all know just how desperate the back four, or five if you want to include the goalkeeper require big changes. The full-back positions are one that manager Dean Smith needs to seriously focus on.
Smith has opted to recalled goalkeeper Jed Steer and Tommy Elphick. Something I am happy about. I believe Steve Bruce made a big error by allowing both to leave the club on loan. New signing Lovre Kalinic has also arrived and could make his debut against Swansea tomorrow.
There are also reports that we are in talks to sign Wolves centre-half Kortney Hause for a reported £2million. I feel this could be a good piece of business.
Someone who has also been discussed recently on the website is Alan Hutton. As the article stated, being a hero doesn’t make you a good player. This applies to Hutton. He needs to be dropped, I don’t want him playing regardless of the side he plays.
James Bree deserves an opportunity and a run in the first team. The full-back is still young and has youth on his side. He could make that position his own, given the chance. With Neil Taylor being injured recently, Smith has opted for Hutton on the left as we have very few options.
Ahmed Elmohamady has struggled for form recently and can’t play on the left. So the sooner we get an actual left-footed full-back in, the better.
As I have spoken about before, Yohan Barbet of Brentford is someone we could look at. I believe there could be two other options that Smith could look at in the Championship also.
Lloyd Kelly of Bristol City. The 20-year-old has played for City 22 times this season. 18 of those out on the left and 3 in central-defence. Another versatile option. He is of a similar mould to Joe Bryan who we were close to signing last summer. Kelly is out of contract in the summer and could be an option at a cut-price deal.
The third option could be Hull City left-back Stephen Kingsley. Like Kelly, he likes to get forward but has a little more experience. He has played for Hull on 15 occasions so far this season and can also play in midfield. I think Kingsley would be a shrewd acquisition.
Both are just suggestions based on what I have watched. One thing is for sure, we need to get a move on and get deals done promptly.