Napoli have today swooped for Englamd under 20 internationals Jay Stanfield and Jensen Weir, as a continuation of rebuilding their youth set up.
“We have tracked these two for a while but needed to free up the space to bring them in and hope they were not snapped up before hand. Jensen broke on the scene at a very young age at Wigan and comes from a good footballing family with his Dad David having had a very successful career. A move to Premier League Brighton could go either way, but if the talent is there and hopefully over the next few seasons will develop. Jay is very raw and i’m excited to see how he progresses. Fulham think alot of this lad, and that talent is already being recognised by the England under 20 set up. These boys are very much in the Leighton Clarkson mould. They have potential to become good solid players, but are around when England are producing some unbelievable talent. How this affects their long term growth is anyone’s guess, however they are a nice addition for us.
“After an explosive start to the season, our form has levelled off a little with a few draws and a couple of defeats and we sit a respectable fourth. Chris Wood is now going to miss 4 or 5 games which is a massive blow for us especially with Bamford now long departed. We’ve some decisions to make now on who leads the line, With Stindl, Vinicius and Veteran Negredo our options. Douglas Costa also being injured further complicates matters, as we may need to tweek our formation and the way we play. Its a long season and injuries, Fatigue and Suspensions will play a big part. To date we’ve not been able to field the same side for more than 1 successive game and need to find ways of trying to protect our key players whilst trying to score more goals. I think we are over achieving for this stage of the season and the next 4 or 5 games we just need to hang in there whilst players are out. To date we’ve not seem a side head and shoulders above the rest, and we’ve been competitive in all our games. Feyenoord have had a great start but we managed to draw with them during their good run, which gives us confidence and hope.”