The pursuit of Leicester’s George Thomas certainly won’t get the pulses racing, but with a tight budget and a number of positions to strengthen, there are going to have to be compromises.
Many believe that Garry Monk won’t go down the loan route after limiting the involvement of the likes of Jeremie Boga, Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall at the end of last season.
However, it looks to be very much the case of the players perhaps not being good enough, considering Sam Gallagher featured regularly under the manager when he was fit to play, as well as starting the crunch clash against Fulham on the final day.
In that context, recruiting a player like Thomas on loan makes sense. We need to strengthen our wide options as well as the number of goals we score.
Just 38 in the league last season just isn’t good enough and in the Welshman, we would have an additional goal threat from the wing. He scored eight in 23 for Leicester Under 23s last season, while prior to that, he managed nine in 36 for Coventry playing in League One and the EFL Trophy.
He is also highly regarded both at club and senior level. He was given his first senior cap by Ryan Giggs for Wales in a friendly against Mexico at the end of last month. At Leicester, manager Claude Puel decided against sending him out on loan in January as he felt he could have a chance of first-team action.
That may not have come to pass (he is yet to make his debut for the Foxes), but it is telling that the Premier League side see him as a player with great potential. The fact the 21-year-old is available on a season-long loan so he can get more game time under his belt makes him a very tempting target.
As we saw with the loan signings we made last season, there are no guarantees. He may find the step up to the Championship too much to handle, but his record in League One for Coventry does offer a good deal of hope that he can rise to the challenge if he makes the switch to St Andrews.