Hello, goodbye

Players come, players go.  I know that but I find it hard to say goodbye to players, especially ones like Clayton Donaldson. There may be better strikers than him but none work harder.  I’ll remember the effort he put in, often with a defender hanging on to him. I’ll remember how many supporter groups judged him to be the player of the 2014-15 season. I’m glad I was able to meet him at the awards event in April; I thought he seemed to be a genuinely nice man. I hope he does well and the Sheffield United fans give him a good welcome.

Saying hello to a whole raft of new players is almost as hard as saying goodbye to the ones that leave. The unfortunate Carl Jenkinson was injured too soon to leave much of an impression.  But I have seen enough of David Stockdale, Marc Roberts, Cheikh Ndoye, Isaac Vassell, Cohen Bramall and Sam Gallagher to feel I almost know who they are. However, I’ll probably get everyone confused if Jeremie Boga, Harlee Dean, Jason Lowe, Jota, Maxime Colin and Liam Walsh are all introduced to the team at once. I’m not sure I can cope with that much change.  I hope the players are better at adapting than I am.

I’ve been working on my cheat sheet to take to games but haven’t finished it as Liam Walsh doesn’t seem to have a squad number yet.  This is what I have so far.

? Liam WALSH Midfielder Eligible to play for both England and Italy. On loan from Everton, 31/8/2017
2 Emilio NSUE Defender Equatorial Guinea international, from Middlesbrough on 18/1/2017
3 Jonathan GROUNDS Defender Summer signing 2014. From Oldham Athletic.
4 Marc ROBERTS Defender Signed from Barnsley on 1/7/2017.
5 Maxime COLIN Defender French, signed from Brentford 31/8/2017
8 Craig GARDNER Midfielder On loan from WBA, in January 2017. Signed in summer of 2017.
10 Lukas Jutkiewicz Forward On loan from Burnley 31/8/2016, permanent transfer in January 2017.
11 Isaac VASSELL Forward Signed from Luton Town, 14/8/2017
12 Harlee DEAN Defender Signed from Brentford 30/8/2017
13 David STOCKDALE Goalkeeper Free transfer from Brighton & Hove Albion on 1/7/2017
14 Che ADAMS Forward Signed from Sheffield United in August 2016.
15 Cohen BRAMALL Defender Came on 21/8/2017 on season-long loan from Arsenal
17 Cheikh NDOYE Midfielder Senegalese International, signed from Angers on 14/7/2017
18 Sam GALLAGHER Forward Came on 21/8/2017 on season-long loan from Southampton
19 Jacques MAGHOMA Midfielder Congolese, signed in June 2015, from Sheffield Wednesday.
20 Jeremie BOGA Midfielder Came on 28/8/2017 on season-long loan from Chelsea
21 Jason LOWE Midfielder Signed on 31/8/2017, free agent – left Blackburn following their relegation.
22 Carl JENKINSON Defender Came on 21/8/2017 on season-long loan from Arsenal
23 David COTTERILL Midfielder Wales International, signed before 2014/15 season.
25 Josh DACRES-COGLEY Defender From Academy, given First Team squad number July 2016.
26 David DAVIS Midfielder Signed 11/8/2014 from Wolverhampton Wanderers
27 JOTA Midfielder Spanish, from Brentford 31/8/2017. Name: José Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo
28 Michael MORRISON Defender Initially signed as loan player but signed contract in January 2015 window.
29 Tomasz KUSZCZAK Goalkeeper Polish international, signed July 2015, played for Hertha Berlin, West Brom, Man U and Brighton and Hove Albion
30 Corey O’KEEFFE Midfielder Irish, from Academy, debut as late sub at Newcastle on 10/12/2016. Contract extended to 2020 in August 2017.
40 Paul ROBINSON Defender Signed September 2012.
44 Nicolai BROCK-MADSEN Forward Danish International, signed from Randers FC in August 2015. Was out on loan for 2016/2017 season
45 Wes HARDING Defender From Academy, given squad number in August 2017
50 Stephen GLEESON Midfielder Irish, summer signing 2014, from MK Dons.