Neil Critchley’s departure will not have been in Blackpool‘s summer plans but the appointment of Michael Appleton means there remains plenty of positivity surrounding the club ahead of a new Championship season.
The new manager will need to be backed in the transfer market to ensure he can continue the progress made in the past few years at the North West club.
Blackpool begin their 2022/23 Championship campaign against Reading on the 30th of July and we’ve highlighted three transfer dealings that Appleton should do between now and then.
Sign Daniel Ballard
We’re not saying that winning the race for Arsenal centre-back Daniel Ballard is going to be easy but the centre-back would be a phenomenal addition for Blackpool.
He was hugely impressive while on loan at Millwall last term, showing his clear quality at Championship level, and would be a fantastic investment if nothing else as the 22-year-old should only get better as he gains more experience.
Blackpool fans know just what a brilliant player Ballard is, having helped them win promotion from League One a few seasons ago, and it would represent a fantastic bit of business if they can beat off the reported interest from Millwall and Sunderland.
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Cash in on Josh Bowler
Seeing Josh Bowler depart would obviously be disappointing given his great talent but the continued interest from big clubs in the winger means you feel it’s unlikely he’ll want to extend his contract beyond the end of 2022/23.
That puts Blackpool in a difficult position but they should cash in on the 23-year-old, as long as the offer is right.
Reports have suggested that Bournemouth are preparing a £1 million offer but the Championship club can hold out for more than that.
Losing him is far from ideal but as long the business is done before the season opener against Reading, the Tangerines can reinvest in the money and replace him.
Secure the services of Anthony Scully
On the topic of potential Bowler replacements, completing the signing of Lincoln City attacker Anthony Scully should be high on Appleton’s list of priorities.
The pair worked together at Lincoln and Football League World has exclusively revealed that the new Blackpool boss is keen on a reunion.
Scully’s 33 goals and 17 assists since joining the Imps in 2020 show just what he would offer and the 23-year-old looks ready for the Championship with a bright future no doubt ahead.