Transfer window: How Yorkshire’s teams rated - Part 1

Nikica Jelavic left but Hull held on to many of their stars.
Nikica Jelavic left but Hull held on to many of their stars.
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THAT was the summer window that was then - and it was certainly a busy one for many Yorkshire clubs.

And if you haven’t somehow had your fill of transfer business, machinations and rumours, there’s only seven days to wait until the opening of the emergency loan window, which runs from September 9 to November 25.

Loan moves in this window can last for between 28 and 93 days, with a three-month deal keeping a player at a new club until the transfer window opens again in January 2016. It is an avenue that several of our clubs are likely to exploit, you’d venture.

As for the summer, while thoughts turn to misty autumnal mornings and leaves on the track, there is no harm of having a review of the business across Yorkshire’s 11 clubs and giving our own verdict on the manoeuvrings of each club. Here goes.


Lee Johnson made no secret of trying to get a side fitting in his image at the tail end of last season when he couldn’t wait for the summer to arrive. His emphasis was on energy, high pressing and dynamism and the little big man can be pleased with his summer work.

Exciting loan talents Dan Crowley, Ben Pearson and Joe Rothwell, with a fair wind, should have rewarding careers if their early promise is anything to go by and their captures are excellent ones. If the early sparrings of the season also mean anything, Marc Roberts is also a noteworthy signing, Johnson even revealed after last night’s JPT win at Scunthorpe that the club had to fend off deadline-day interest in the ex-Halifax defender.

Alfie Mawson has shown signs of being a redoubtable defensive leader, with the Reds beating several rivals to sign him, while the deadline day arrival of big striker Michael Smith - targeted by Sheffield United earlier this summer - has added much-needed ballast up front and support for Sam Winnall and Conor Wilkinson. And Conor Hourihane has stayed too.

Mark out of ten: Johnson has made his mark on a squad which is looking young and vibrant. 8/10

Bradford City

After a snail’s pace start to the summer, due to the uncertainty regarding the club’s future ahead of Gianni Paladini takeover collapse, fears were abound that City would fall short in their recruitment. Thankfully, they managed to get up to speed and catch up, with co-chairman Mark Lawn’s issuing of a ‘don’t panic’ call to supporters ringing true.

So much so that City avoided the annual deadline-day bun-fight and got their business done with time to spare. A total of 13 players arrived, with the latest, former Manchester City forward Devante Cole - son of ex-Manchester United and Newcastle forward Andrew - making an immediate impact last weekend.

Bases have been covered by City, with manager Phil Parkinson satisfied in the round with the likes of Steven Davies, Josh Morris and Paul Anderson also coming in and James Hanson retained.

Mark out of ten: Got better after a slow start. Squad looks stronger on paper. 7/10

Doncaster Rovers

In comparison to the past two summers, when deals came through at a comparative trickle, the summer was a breeze in comparison for Paul Dickov, with the only thing to sour his mood being some early-season injuries he could have done without.

Rovers, whose first signing last summer didn’t arrive until the end of July, did a steady stream of business, with their head-turning capture being striker Andy Williams, who hit 22 goals for the Robins last term and turned down interest from the likes of Bradford City, Scunthorpe United and Millwall to join Rovers.

Thorsten Stuckmann is the imposing goalkeeper Rovers have lacked and his early-season form has been excellent. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Gary MacKenzie also look decent signings with Rovers’ business gilded by the recent loan signings of Oscar Gobern and Cameron Stewart. A far better summer window.

Mark out of ten: A solid and encouraging window. 7.5/10

Huddersfield Town

Sold three players for seven-figure fees in Alex Smithies, Conor Coady and most painfully of all, Jacob Butterfield, but have not reinvested significantly in the squad - a difficult time of it for Huddersfield Town for sure.

Owner Dean Hoyle has bankrolled Huddersfield to the tune of £37m in his time at the club and for that Town fans should be thankful. Now, the policy is on Town being self-sufficient and living within their means, yet all this is set against a Championship which is not standing still. Some would label it a Premier League Mark Two.

Town’s sole cash outlay is Carlisle United midfielder Kyle Dempsey, who has cost around £400,000 with the club otherwise relying on the existing players there, experience in the shape of Dean Whitehead and Ishmael Miller and loanees in the likes of Jamie Paterson, Muzzy Carayol and Emyr Huws coming good and pulling them through.

Both Paterson, watched by Leeds and Huws, have clear talent at Championship level and Town will be needing them to shine in particular.

Granted, there’s always the emergency loan window, but it has the makings of an arduous autumn for Town and Chris Powell and his troops will be preparing to dig in. Sometimes, when you are cornered, you show your character...

Mark out of ten: Not the most vintage window at Town... 5/10

Hull City

Steve Bruce entitled to have a sigh of relief, more than any Yorkshire manager, at 6pm on deadline day given the vultures circling for the ‘family silver’ in the likes of Amhed Elmohamady, Mo Diame and Michael Dawson. Thankfully for his sake, they were kept at bay.

While raking in £25m to compensate for the loss of relegation, with James Chester and Robbie Brady among significant exits, Bruce has kept a core of established players together while spending over £6m to sign Moses Odubajo, Adama Diomande and Sam Clucas.

It is a squad that can clearly compete at the top end of the Championship and you sense that was all that Bruce was asking for when the dust settled following relegation.

Mark out of ten: Could have been a whole lot worse. Bruce entitled to be satisfied. 7.5/10

For the rest of Yorkshire’s clubs, stay tuned to the Yorkshire Post website.