Here is my summer shopping list including a questionable veteran, a Pep Guardiola moment and a legend who could probably still cut it in our team.
1. Contract renewal
Although many of the Wanderers players who are out of contract with the club this summer performed admirably last season, the gulf in class between League One and the Championship leads me to believe that the list of players we should give a new deal to is quite small. Out of the lot of them, I think Wheater, Spearing and Morais could contribute to the level required in the league above. If I could just choose one, and as much as I love David Wheater, it would have to be Jay Spearing. Spearing is captain fantastic and leaders in football don’t come around too often and can cost quite a bit of money (like Spearing did) and we don’t have that sort of money anymore. The little scouser terrier knows the club inside out and I genuinely believe he loves the club too.
2. League One player
My choice for a League One player would be Swindon Town’s Lawrence Vigouroux. The Camden-born Chilean goalkeeper has been impressive in every game I’ve seen him play. He boasts not just the ability to pull off magnificent saves, and I’m sorry to sound like that bald arrogant nobhead down the road, but his distribution whether it be long or short is phenomenal. Both Alnwick and Howard had shaky spells in net for Wanderers last season and I think in the Championship this would be exploited against better quality players. Swindon are headed to the 4th tier and this kid is simply too good for League 2, but he has a contract with Town until 2019 so would require an actual transfer fee which may or may not be a problem, only time will tell. Vigouroux would make the club millions in lettering on the back of shirts which would pay for his transfer fee and make millions more. No brainer.
3. Championship Veteran
This is very much a hypothetical, but much crazier things have happened in football. Let’s imagine Harry Redknapp is given a few million to spend on transfers as he probably will be. Arry goes to his phone (presuming he can use a phone) and speed dials Crouchy, who is up for getting the old band back together in the Midlands. Where would this leave January signing Lukas Jutkiewicz? It would leave him with his arse on the bench. By the way, at 28 I’m counting him as a Championship veteran. Lukey Jukey for me would be the ideal striker for Parkinson’s preferred 4231 formation with his ability not only to challenge in the air but his ability to play with the ball at his feet and his knack for scoring goals. I mean, that is literally what strikers are meant to do believe it or not. I see Lukey Jukey as a last minute deadline day loan after sitting on the bench for the start of the season playing second fiddle to an aged Peter Crouch and wanting out for first team football. As I said all hypothetical but who knows? I do, and it is going to happen.
4. Premier League Loanee
With Everton expected to spend big in the summer and the return of Yannick Bolasie, ex-Blade Dominic Calvert-Lewin will no doubt have to look for first team opportunities elsewhere. The young winger is currently away playing in the England u20 World Cup squad. Lewin is highly regarded in the football world and would be considered a big coup if Wanderers were to sign him on loan. He is from Sheffield and left Sheffield United last summer for Merseyside. If Bolton were to sign Calvert-Lewin they would have a very good winger on their hands and piss off a lot of people at the biggest club in the world too which is worth even more to me.
5. Former Wanderer
It would be easy to say Jay Jay Okocha or Youri Djorkaeff, but I’m going to go for someone who I think would suit our side in the Championship. Mexico’s joint all-time top goal scorer Jared Borgetti. Borgetti, when played, seemed to always be in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the net like a typical old fashioned striker. Although he only had one year at the club I have fond memories of him and think he’d score a shit load of goals in the Championship. To be honest we wouldn’t even need a time machine for Borgetti to come back and be better than Madine.