Been there, done that.
That appears to be the strategy that Aitor Karanka wanted to go with when picking players in the summer transfer window. The Blue have so far signed ten players, and with the domestic transfer window set to shut down on Friday, there’s a chance we could grab some more.
A small one given that Karanka has said he’s happy with what he has, but if we were to, at least we know what kind of player we could bring in.
Speaking to Blues Talk (and transcribed by Birmingham Live) the Spaniard gave an insight into what his strategy was in the transfer market, and it appears as though experience in getting over the line and sealing promotion was the thing at the very front of his mind, and that’s why he picked up the players that he did:
“It’s about adding quality and experience and players who I worked with before like George (Friend) and Adam Clayton. “We’ve known each other for seven years and we got promoted with Middlesbrough which is important. It’s important to know about promotion.
We have signed people like Neil Etheridge who got promotion (with Cardiff) and Ivan Sanchez who got promotion with Elche. To have those players with that experience is important.”
Will we achieve promotion under Karanka?
I do find it interesting that Karanka is hinting at promotion at this early stage. I’ve said before that this season is about consolidation and moving slightly further up the table, but it seems as though he’s got much bigger aspirations on his mind.
With a three-year contract under his belt, he’s got plenty of time to achieve it and let’s just hope that he’ll stick around to see it out and guide us there.
What about you? What do you make of Karanka’s comments?