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An ambitious project, but high player turnover could scupper Mansfield Town this season



At the highest level of the English game, fans can be happy to see their side make five new signings per summer, with the new additions carefully vetted and scouted to ensure they will fit perfectly into the set-up.

In the lower reaches of the Football League, this is an extremely rare luxury.

Take Mansfield Town for example.

The Stags were forced to completely overhaul their squad this summer following the expiration of a number of contracts, with no less than 15 new players through the doors at Field Mill.

Yes, there has been new investment at the club, and manager Steve Evans has been fortunate enough to pursue the majority of the players he has cast his eye upon this summer, but such a quick and drastic turnaround also carries the lingering threat of failure, and a huge turnover of players could see the club struggle in the league this year.

Mansfield have just one win from their opening five encounters, and Evans will be disappointed with the slow start his side have made to the new campaign.

This has to have been expected however, and as the new look squad begins to integrate and bond, the Stags will surely begin to rise up the table.

A lot of quality has been brought in, and the club have not scrambled for players just to be able to field a team for the upcoming campaign,

Care and due diligence has been placed into the sourcing and acquisition of each individual, with the project at the club enticing a plethora of top quality players to the East Midlands.

It may take time for Mansfield to begin to put together a run of form, but in a 46-game season, Evans has time to guide the club into the top seven.

However, if after say, ten to fifteen games, and the Stags are still struggling to pick up victories, then Evans’ position could come under serious threat.

There is enough quality in the team to guide the club to promotion, but with such massive change, promotion may not be as simple as some may have expected.

League Two fans, do you think Mansfield will be in the top three by May?