It has been somewhat of a transition period for Ipswich Town so far this summer with the arrival of new manager Paul Hurst.
The former Shrewsbury boss has been busy this running the rule over his squad, and evaluating what he needs if his side are to achieve any form of success this season.
No less than nine players have arrived through the doors of Portman Road.
Seven of the new additions have made their way to the Championship side via League One and League Two.
The remaining two have arrived on loan from Premier League clubs Chelsea and Fulham, respectively.
Having made the step up from the third-tier himself, Hurst will be hoping his knowledge of the lower leagues will favour him with his acquisitions for the bottom two tiers of professional football in England.
There is no problem with signing players from lower down the chain, it invariably works with players able to make the grade in a higher division.
But has Ipswich boss Hurst been naive by trying to sign the bulk of his players from League One and League Two?
It’s too early to say, but I don’t think Ipswich look very strong on paper.
Of course, Hurst might have unearthed some gems, but for me, Ipswich are really going to struggle this season.
There just isn’t enough Championship experience in that squad.
No, it could work.
Hurst knows those leagues and Ipswich don’t have a budget to compete with rivals in terms of fees and wages.
Therefore, they need to try something different, and this approach could work in the long-term.
I’m not sure if naive is the word.
Hurst is seeing what Mick McCarthy had to deal with – there just isn’t the money really to make big signings.
Going for top League One and Two players is an okay idea, but the lack of proven Championship players – even cheap ones – could be an issue.
The squad is an experiment in many ways.
Not at all. He has a squad of Championship players at his disposal, players with experience and knowledge, so why would he not fish in the waters he knows?
If he had been promoted with Shrewsbury and done the same, it might have been naïve, but Ipswich are a Championship side, and as such, they’re already experienced enough.
What Hurst is doing is using the knowledge he has accrued at Grimsby and Shrewsbury to good effect.
I really hope it works for him, there’s a wealth of talent in the lower divisions, and it is nice to see a manager putting faith in that.