Money isn’t something that we usually see splashed around at Coventry City, with last season’s squad comprising of academy graduates and free agents.
But let’s just say Mowbray has been given a transfer kitty (hopefully he has after his demands), who could he go out and sign realistically? Here are a few players who I’d be tempted in to pursuing…I’ve tried to be realistic hence why I’ve stuck to League One and Two.
Obviously I don’t know the budget so maybe some will be out of the price range, and there’s no doubt free agents will be the main market we delve in to anyway.
1. Reuben Reid – Plymouth Argyle
I mentioned the forward in my previous blog post and he is a player I very much admire, and I think it could be time for him to prove his worth in League One.
The 26 year old has enjoyed a very productive couple of seasons with Plymouth Argyle, and he narrowly missed out on promotion last term as The Pilgrims fell short in the play-offs. He was an instrumental player for the Southern side though as he notched 18 goals in 42 appearances during the season, on top of the 19 he scored the year previous.
He is a very talented player that possesses very quick feet, and he could potentially fit within Mowbray’s attacking philosophy. Upper body strength is also something the striker has, and combining this with his technical ability, he could provide a real handful next season.
2. Max Power – Tranmere Rovers
Max Power is another player I’d be tempted in to signing. With Tranmere being relegated to the Conference, I could only imagine that they’d be more than happy to let the midfielder go to continue his Football League career and also free up some funds.
Another positive in regards to the Liverpool born player is his age, and at only 21 years old he has plenty of time to progress. I do believe that currently he has the ability to do well in League One though, and when he’s played against us I’ve always been impressed with his performances.
I couldn’t see funds being too much of an issue, and with the player surely wanting to remain in league football it is a deal that is realistic. He was a shining light in a dreadful campaign at Tranmere last season and I believe he could be a very astute acquisition, he’s a player with a lot of ability and he pops up with goals – something which we desperately lacked from midfield last season, or any position for that matter!
3. Reece Wabara – Free Agent
Wabara was on the books at Doncaster Rovers until the summer but following his release, he is another player I’d very much like to see in Sky Blue. The 23 year old defender is very versatile and he can play competently anywhere across the back line, although he is predominantly a right-back.
Following his release from Manchester City in 2014 after loan spells at various Football League Clubs, he transferred to the Keepmoat Stadium where he made 50 appearances last season. He has also represented England at U19 and U20 level and he possesses a lot of quality.
I think we need extra cover in defence and he would be a very good option, pushing the current defenders at the club for a slot in the starting lineup. He is a pacey player with very good physical attributes and I have no doubt he’d help improve our defensive frailties.
4. Carl Winchester – Oldham Athletic
I put Winchester down as my ‘one to watch’ when we faced the Latics last season, and he’s another player that could bolster Mowbray’s midfield options. The Northern Ireland international recently signed a new contract with Oldham so they’d be reluctant to sell him, but at the right price he would be a good buy.
He can play either as an attacking midfielder or as a full back, which again would add versatility to our squad. When watching him play, I’ve admired the way he can control a game with his passing ability and composed nature on the ball. Oldham fans saw him as one of their best players last season, and his technical attributes wowed many supporters – I’d be very much interested.
5. Paddy Madden – Scunthorpe United
Madden is another striker that I’d be tempted in signing if we could afford it, as he’s a player that’s proved himself at this level during his time at Yeovil Town. He is currently under contract at Scunthorpe and it would be highly unlikely for him to leave but if it was possible I’d like to see him at City.
With bags of pace and energy, along with an eye for goal, the front man guarantees you goals if he can get the right service. During the 2012/13 season with Yeovil he claimed the League One golden boot with 23 goals, and to top it off he scored in the 2-1 play-off final victory over Brentford. He does have the potential to score goals, something we lacked last season.