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Peach’s Picks: Championship Sensible Transfers (Vol. 4)

In Volume Four of Championship Sensible Transfers, Justin Peach takes a look at Norwich City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Watford, West Brom and Wigan Athletic's potential summer business.

Justin Peach

We’re in the height of crazy season. The rumour mill is in full flow and as the 22/23 Championship season draws ever closer, managers and their boardrooms are starting to put their plans into action.

It’s easy to get carried away with some of the links, with speculation growing for each club with every passing day!

I’m Justin Peach from the Second Tier Podcast and in today’s piece, I identify three players who could come in and fix some gaps as I go through some potential transfers for each second tier side.

This is the final edition of Championship Sensible Transfers with Norwich City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Watford, West Brom and Wigan Athletic all covered.

Norwich City

Norwich haven’t looked the same since Emi Buendia left which seems an obvious statement to make.

However, almost every attacking play went through the Argentine, so replacing that will be essential this summer.

Targets:

  • Tom Lawrence – (Unattached)

Lawrence covers several positions and is coming off the back of his best season yet with 11 goals and five assists.

He’s a good squad option and with the ability to thrive in a team playing positive football, we should see another high output from the Welshman.

  • Callum O’Hare – (Coventry City)

O’Hare managed eight assists, as well as averaging 1.9 key passes per game, meaning he was a chance-creating machine last season.

Coupled with the movement of Teemu Pukki, he could fill the creative void left by Buendia.

  • Joe Bryan – (Fulham)

This has been a problem area since Jamal Lewis left. With Bryan, you get a solid, dependable, double promotion-winning full back who has played in expansive systems before.

Fulham will certainly be willing to offload with 12 months left on his deal and Antonee Robinson firmly first choice.

Sunderland

Sunderland will be hoping their return to the second tier is more successful than their last stint.

With Alex Neil in charge, they’re in safe hands on the pitch, but they will need to increase the quality in their squad if they are at least going to consolidate a place in the Championship.

Targets:

  • Callum Paterson – (Sheffield Wednesday)

With a reliance on Ross Stewart, bringing in Paterson – a versatile frontman – will add goals and flexibility as well as a reliable back up option.

He’ll work hard, get in opponents faces and would be a useful squad member behind Stewart.

  • Michael Ihiekwe – (Unattached) 

The Rotherham defender was a standout performer in their last Championship campaign.

He’s mobile, comfortable with the ball at his feet and available on a free transfer, adding competition to an already experienced set of centre backs.

  • Nicky Cadden – (Forest Green Rovers)

The left wing back was overshadowed by the good form of Kane Wilson despite the Scotsman having a similar season.

He will provide Cirkin with competition whilst being an attacking threat having contributed to six goals and 13 assists last season.

Russell Martin

Swansea City

Swansea will need to keep hold of Joel Piroe but it seems that this team only needs a handful of additions for Russell Martin to take them to another level.

With the right personnel, they could easily be play-off contenders next season.

Targets:

  • Harry Darling – (MK Dons)

This is an obvious choice but given Swansea’s needs and Darling’s ball playing and defensive abilities, he has to be their number one choice.

  • Chiedozie Ogbene – (Rotherham United)

An attack minded wing-back who is sufficiently defensive will fill the huge holes left by Cyrus Christie and Ethan Laird.

With one year left on his deal and still just 25 years of age, his best years are ahead of him.

  • Harrison Burrows – (Peterborough)

If Swansea do sell Piroe, it will give them plenty of cash to reinvest in their squad and one player that should be considered is Harrison Burrows.

The left sided player contributed seven assists in a poor Posh side and will allow Ryan Manning to be utilised elsewhere in the side.

Watford

The Rob Edwards era has begun and it’s one of intrigue. With several key players linked with moves away, it’s difficult to say where the Hornets will need to strengthen.

However, high-pressing, possession based football will be Edwards’ intention, meaning he will need personnel to play that style.

Targets:

  • Gary Cahill – (Unattached) 

Experienced, a winner and comfortable with the ball, Cahill still has a lot to offer at 36 years of age.

The middle centre back in a three will certainly hide his flaws (at 36, you’re never going to be that quick), but it’s a low risk option with the potential to give back much more.

  • Krystian Bielik – (Derby County)

Potentially expensive, but on his day easily one of the best defensive midfielders in the league.

A desire to play Championship football coupled with Derby’s financial problems could open the door either for a loan to buy or straight purchase.

  • Scott Twine – (MK Dons) 

Twine is a complete attacking midfielder that is capable of the spectacular from set pieces.

Watford will need a smooth operator to play behind a front two and Twine can add that, especially after 33 goal contributions last season on his way to winning the League One Player of the Year Award.

West Brom

The Steve Bruce revolution is well under way with several signings made already. The squad needed a mini-overhaul after chronic underperformance let them down.

Now with Bruce in charge and solid foundation, a promotion push will be the aim once again.

Targets:

  • Ross Stewart (Sunderland) 

This move would ruffle some feathers in the Championship if Stewart signed, but is a possibility with just one year left on the Scotsman’s contract.

With Karlan Grant and Daryl Dike being two fairly similar forwards, Stewart would give the Baggies a different option at the head of their attack.

He’s efficient in getting shots off in the penalty area and would help West Brom put last season’s finishing woes behind them.

  • Joe Rothwell – (Unattached) 

This would be another statement of intent for Baggies, provided Rothwell’s prospective move to Bournemouth falls through.

His ability to link up with Brereton-Diaz was key to Blackburn’s forward success last season, something that could easily be replicated with Daryl Dike. It’s a salivating thought.

  • Dominic Iorfa – (Sheffield Wednesday) 

Iorfa could be a useful back-up option for Furlong in an area where West Brom look light.

The towering defender, formerly of Black Country rivals Wolves, is equally comfortable at right back as he is in the middle, giving Steve Bruce options.

Wigan Athletic

Leam Richardson has performed miracles for Wigan and may need to do so again to avoid becoming a yo-yo club.

With the ability to pay fees for players now, this could open the Latics up to a new market.

  • Kelle Roos – (Unattached)

Amos might not be the man for a Championship campaign, so a move for Roos could be the solution.

Divides opinion amongst Rams fans but he was the 7th best shot stopper last season according to FBREF, showing he’s more than capable at this level.

  • Jack Rudoni – (AFC Wimbledon)

Another attacker who can operate in wide areas will be useful, especially if Keane and Lang struggle to make the step up to the second tier.

17 goal contributions coupled with an accurate and consistent crossing ability will give Wigan additional impetus in the final third.

  • Michael Morrison – (Unattached) 

Wigan lack Championship experience, especially with their centre back ranks.

Adding a seasoned pro in defence like Morrison will be vital to avoiding another drop into the third tier.

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