The closer we get to the start of the season, and the more the club looks to hype things up, the more we see faces that we almost forgot existed (or at least I did anyway).
The club posted up this picture on social media yesterday, showing David Davis in training ahead of the new campaign following his loan spell at Charlton Athletic in the latter half of last season. I’ll be honest, I forgot that he was on loan, I thought we’d sold him on deadline day instead.
Call it a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. But no matter, he’s back and that’s the important part. And if I’m being honest, I’ll be interested to see what role if any he is going to play for the club next season, if at all.
Given that Aitor Karanka hasn’t had the chance to work with him before, the upcoming friendly games will probably be more important to someone like Davis, and any other players that are returning on loan (Steve Seddon immediately springs to mind, as does Agus Medina). They can in effect act as new signings for the club under Karanka, and players that he didn’t have to pay to bring in.
How much will Blues spend in this window?
More than £15m
£15m or less
I’ve spoken before about the idea of Karanka being able to pick his own backroom staff and implement his own way of doing things at the club, but I do hope that when it comes to these kind of players, everyone gets a fair chance to prove themselves rather than instantly being cast aside straight away.
We might find that some players burst into life under a new regime, similar to how Dan Crowley became a rather important winger for us under Pep Clotet. Who knows, maybe Davis will be a great partner for Jutkiewicz like Scott Hogan was, but they need to be given the chance first.