Building on a shoestring
Garry Monk was looking for options to bolster a squad that is very thin on the ground. It’s fair to say, regardless of the negative take on social media, the Blues boss has achieved that.
Monk deserves credit for ploughing through the adversity and strengthening his hand with a purse full of nothing but peanuts.
Inevitably, Blues’ transfer activity will be compared unfavourably to Harry Redknapp’s trademark spending spree one year ago. But that would be unfair on Monk who has both hands tied behind his back.
The outlay of last summer has led to the current EFL restrictions which have heavily dictated the market from which Monk is dealing.
Three loan signings – Connor Mahoney, Omar Bogle and Gary Gardner – may not set pulses racing but do represent decent acquisitions given the circumstances. They strengthen key areas of the squad and ensure that Monk has options to call upon.
Ironically, the only permanent arrival has been met with pessimism. Sunderland fans have offered little by way of encouragement with their scathing criticism of Lee Camp who played a part in their relegation from the Championship last season.
However, having frozen out David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak, Monk was keen to sign an experienced goalkeeper.
Despite the 33-year-old penning a two-year deal and Monk suggesting that he could yet bring in another ‘keeper, Connnal Trueman is likely to be given the opportunity to cling on to his shirt after an impressive performance against Norwich last weekend, his professional debut.
In an ideal world, Monk would be dining at the same table as Stoke, Derby and West Brom, who have all flexed their financial muscle. But the situation is what it is and the Blues manager deserves credit for plodding on with little fuss.