DARREN WAY’S SUMMER BATTLE

Yeovil Town fans are impatiently watching the #YTFC thread on Twitter crying out for news of signings, dreading the next player to turn down a contract and carefully tallying the squad ahead of what is going to be one hell of an uphill struggle for Glovers boss, Darren Way.

16/17 ended as sourly as any season I can remember. The year closed out with a fair bit of optimism amongst fans. Yeovil were in a good position but needed cover for the two standouts, the injured, Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges. Hedges was sold by his parent club, Swansea in the January transfer window, leaving Yeovil with a creative void to fill. Fast-forward to the end of the season and, by the skin of their teeth, Yeovil Town survived with Way in the firing lines of Yeovil fans.

His transfer dealings have, so far, left a lot to be desired. As of today, five of Yeovil’s 11 contracted players were signed by previous managers. Since taking over from Paul Sturrock, Way has brought in 25 players – including summer’s signings (so far) Rhys Browne and Connor Smith.

Some, Tahvon Campbell, Liam Walsh, Ben Whitfield, Matt Butcher and Alex Lawless for example have been standouts with 180 appearances between them. Others have been less than successful, Leroy Lita, Jack Storer, Kyle Copp, Owain Jones, Izale McLeod, Joe Lea and Kabonga Tshimanga. Those players share a total of 20 appearances between them.

Undoubtedly recruitment is one aspect of management that Darren Way will be looking to improve dramatically. The departures of Kevin Dawson, Matty Dolan and Alex Lacey has not been the best start – especially when Dawson and Dolan have gone to League Two rivals. The arrivals of Browne and Smith has softened the blow somewhat but we should anticipate 14 more arrivals – assuming Darren works with a squad of 25.

It’s early days of course, but that #YTFC hashtag is going to be watched intently with every single decision coming under scrutiny.

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