The largest part of our rebuilding exercise in the summer will be along the back line. The departures of Jeremie Frimpong and Hatem Elhamed leave a requirement for two right backs, while Diego Laxalt’s loan will not be renewed.
Christopher Jullien will miss the start of the campaign and with no signs of Kristoffer Ajer extending his deal beyond next year I expect him to leave in the summer. Shane Duffy will return to Brighton, leaving Stephen Welsh as the only recognised central defender ready to start the campaign.
We need two right backs and one left back, the latter to compete with Greg Taylor, and at least two central defenders. Recruiting all these players in time for the qualifiers is a huge undertaking. We could do worse than to put extending the deal for Jonjoe Kenny high on the new manager’s agenda.