We’re very slowly starting to put a team together.
Even if we aren’t exactly breaking the bank to do so. I’ve spoken before about how important wingers are to the club this transfer window, for more reasons than one, and it looks as if we’re getting closer to getting the first one in the bag.
According to a report from John Percy of The Telegraph, Blues have agreed a £1m deal for West Bromwich Albion winger Jonathan Leko, although it should be noted so have Sheffield Wednesday. 21-year-old Leko burst onto the scene towards the end of the 2014-2015 and has slowly been developing himself over the past few years both at the Hawthorns and on loan, having his best season last year with five goals and four assists.
Would this be a good move for Blues?
I have three main thoughts on the matter as things stand.
Firstly, I personally would put us in the driving seat for this one over Garry Monk’s side, because we are both closer (meaning he won’t be forced to up sticks and move), and we don’t have to deal with a 12-point deduction going into next season.
Secondly, if last season’s form is anything to go by, then I think we have a really promising prospect on pour hands here, and for £1m it could be an absolute steal, similar to that of Dan Crowley last year.
Third, it looks like we’re taking a step in the right direction when it comes to giving Aitor Karanka the funds he needs. I’ve said before that Karanka needs funds in order to thrive, and even if it’s just £1m here and there, I’d much rather that than be forced to sit through another summer of free transfers because at least these show a modicum of ambition.
Let’s just hope that it continues moving forward.