Transfer Deadline Day

It's football's Transfer Deadline Day, arguably one of my favourite days of the year, the day when football teams across Europe must register their players if they are to represent them until the next window (June '17).

You probably already know that I support Shrewsbury Town and Arsenal and traditionally there hasn't been too much activity on TDD, but you never know.

During this transfer window, Shrewsbury have been quite active by permanently signing Toto Nsiala, Alex Rodman and , whilst also bringing in Freddie Lapado (Crystal Palace), Tyler Roberts (West Bromwich Albion), Stephen Humphrys (Fulham) and Stefan Payne (Barnsley). Nsiala, Rodman and Lapado have impressed me so far, Toto has looked assured at the back adding height and pace to our backline, Rodman appears to be a hard working direct winger and Lapado has got two goals in three games, leading the line extremely well in the games I've seen. I've only seen Roberts play once and I thought he was on the peripheries of the match, but he's young so I'm hopeful that he'll be a good signing. Paul Hurst implied after the last match that there could be another 2 or 3 signings (this was before Humphrys and Payne joined) so there could be some final incoming activity today. I think there are also a number of players that could be on their way out of the club, either youngsters on loan or some of the signings where it just hasn't worked out well for them.

Arsenal on the other hand have been quiet as usual, Arsene Wenger tends to keeps his cards to chest and hasn't really given the fans much to get excited about. The only signing to date is Cohen Brammel, a young left back from Hendesford Town. I'm really hopeful the transfer works for him as he's gone from playing part-time and working at the Bentley factory to being full-time at one of the biggest clubs in the world. There's also a connection to Shrewsbury Town because he was en route for discussions before getting a trial at Arsenal!

Thinking about what each team needs, they both probably could do with some defensive cover. At times, Shrewsbury have looked particularly fragile in the first half of the season, Nsiala has helped address this but I'd question the strength in depth of the squad. Again, with Arsenal, I wonder if Shkodran Mustafi or Laurent Koscielny picked up a significant injury whether the squad could cope.

In honesty, I hope other teams don't strengthen their squads today, but let me know in the comments below what players you'd like to bring in to your squad today!

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