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Huge clear-out expected this summer

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:

 

  • Green - Likely to challenge for first team spot
  • Orange - Likely to be back up
  • Red - Unlikely to feature much, may go on loan?

 

Goalkeepers:

 

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(?)

 

Likely departures:

 

  • George Willis - Out of contract. Not a teenager anymore and seems no nearer to making his debut.
  • Mark Howard - Out of contract. Displaced by Long after an unconvincing spell. Has also had some injuries and we're likely to look for a new goalkeeper.

 

 

Defenders:

 

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.

 

Likely departures:

  • Kieron Freeman - Contracted till June 2017. Not figured since Brayford returned and needs to leave to find first team football. Should attract offers, if not permanent, then long term loan.
  • David Edgar - Rather inconsistent loan spell. Not likely to return.
  • Neill Collins - Out of contract. Past his best.
  • Terry Kennedy - Out of contract. Too many injuries, and Adkins isn't as big a fan as Clough was.
  • Jay McEveley - Out of contract. Getting on a bit and unlikely to remain.
  • Bob Harris - Out of contract. Struggled with injury this season. Must impress this spring if he's going to be offered another deal.

 

Midfield:

 

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(?)

 

Likely departures:

  • Jose Baxter - Out of contract. Started the season as a first choice, but Adkins is struggling to fit him into his 4-4-2 formation.
  • Jamal Campbell-Ryce - Out of contract. Past his best.
  • Florent Cuvelier - Out of contract. Back from injury, but still not in the squad.
  • Connor Dimaio - Out of contract. Not been given a chance to impress.
  • Ryan Flynn - Out of contract. We have an optional extension on him, but has been mostly a cover player under Adkins.
  • Callum McFadzean - Finally out of contract. Hasn't developed as hoped.
  • James Wallace - Out of contract. Sent on loan by Adkins despite being fit and team struggling.
  • Stefan Scougall - Contracted till June 2017. Out of favour and likely to be encouraged to move.
  • Dean Hammond - Loan ends. Obviously an Adkins favourite and being available on a free transfer in the summer, there is a chance he may be signed. He hasn't impressed though and looks past his best.

 

 

 

Strikers:

 

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(?).

 

Likely departures:

  • Conor Sammon - Loan ends. Not a big hit and unlikely to be offered a contract in the summer.
  • Diego De Girolamo - Contracted till June 2017. Can't afford wasting another season and must actively try to find a new club.
  • Marc McNulty - Contracted till June 2017. Adkins prefers Sharp, and they are probably too similar to play together. Portsmouth will probably try to sign him.

 

Conclusion:

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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