Manager: Sholto (Wales)
Last season: 3rd
Trophy cabinet: empty (best finish – last season)
Sympathies: Manchester United
Darts music: Serial Killa – Snoop Doggy Dogg
Outlook: Once upon a time the Judean Peoples’ Front manager’s most notable achievement was his uncanny resemblance to Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, but in May the Welshman secured a podium finish – his best ever in four Kenna campaigns.
Last season’s success was built on a solid defensive platform – unlike his Scandinavian lone wolf doppelganger his side found the target the least number of times in the field – and again goals would appear to be this new team’s weakness. Jelavic and Rodriguez scored 14 times between them last term, and the Croat looked out of sorts compared to his initial spurt in England.
In midfield it’s the same story. Stewart Downing’s shortcomings are well documented, Holtby sits deep, Sidwell’s ginger and while an impressive player the marquee £23m signing Jack Wilshere struggles to apply his particular talents to the Kenna scoring system.
Just as Njemana Vidic and Branislav Ivanovic hint that the JPF manager is searching for that same defensive formula again, Ciaran Clark and Liam Ridgewell imply he ran out of ideas in the auction . At least Allan McGregor should start every game.
First transfer window – 5 October 2013
Starting budget: £16.5m, remaining budget: £5m, net loss: £11.5m
(Hyperlink denotes to which club player was sold)
|MID||Downing, S||WHU||£0.5m||MID||Morrison, R||WHU||£0.5m|
|MID||Holtby, L||TOT||Free||MID||Erikson, C||TOT||£11m|
|STR||Rodriguez, J||SOT||Free||STR||Rodriguez, J||SOT||£0.5m|
Second transfer window – 7 February 2014
|MID||Morrison, R||WHU||Free||MID||Routledge, W||SWA||£1m|