|Posted by Bergen Blade on January 31, 2016 at 2:30 PM|
Regardless of how this season ends, it looks likely that there will be a huge clear out at Bramall Lane this summer. Many players are out of contract. Some are completely out of the favour, and others are probably considered past their best and therefore unlikely to be offered a new deal.
* Adkins should be prepared for a busy summer.
Let's have a look at how the squad could look like before any new signings are made, using this colour code:
George Long - Contracted till June 2016 * Reckon he'll be offered a new deal as Adkins seems a fan
Aaron Ramsdale - Contracted till June 2017(?)
Jake Eastwood - Contracted till June 2017(?)
John Brayford - Contracted till June 2018. Will stay unless he is considered too expensive.
Harrison McGahey - Contracted till June 2016 + optional year extension * Although he's not figured, we may decide to take up this option due to his age
Keiron Wallace - Contracted till June 2018. Young, quite versatile and therefore a useful squad player.
Chris Basham - Contracted till June 2017
Dom Calvert-Lewin - Contracted till June 2018.
Paul Coutts - Contracted till June 2017
Louis Reed - Contracted till June 2018 * If someone comes in for him I wouldn't be surprised to see him leave
Ben Whiteman - Contracted till June 2017 (?)
Martyn Woolford - Contracted till June 2017 *May remain, but wouldn't be surprised to see him transfer listed due to not impressing
David Brooks - Contracted till June 2017(?)
Matt Done - Contracted till June 2017 + optional year extension. Struggling to impress under Adkins.
Billy Sharp - Contracted till June 2017.
Che Adams - Contracted till 2018. He may attract offers.
Jake Wright - Contracted till 2017(?).
Adkins has so far failed to make a squad, mostly signed by previous managers, play the way he wants to. At the moment he's turned to a very defensive playing style and the biggest, strongest and most experienced players within the squad. In the summer he will be allowed to start again, and shape the squad the way he wants to. It is likely that many will depart the Lane, even if they do - somehow - bring us promotion this season.
From the above list - 7 players are likely to remain to challenge for a first team spot. 6 more to provide back up. Several signings will have to be made. Basically, a new squad will have to be built.