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Stevens, Critchley’s comments, Rogers: The latest Blackpool news headlines you might have missed

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Championship side Blackpool will be desperate to get some signings in sooner rather than later to make a strong start to the Michael Appleton era.

They may not have experienced a high number of players departing Bloomfield Road this summer, something that has helped to retain stability in Lancashire along with a reasonably quick appointment, but there are a couple of previous squad members they will want to replace.

Dujon Sterling and Charlie Kirk have both returned to their respective parent clubs and with Cameron Antwi, Ethan Robson and Grant Ward leaving on the experience of their contracts, it leaves Appleton with some work to do before the new campaign starts.

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That task will become even harder if Josh Bowler leaves, with his attacking contributions going a long way in ensuring the Seasiders retained their second-tier status with ease last term.

A £1m bid from AFC Bournemouth may not be enough to tempt them to sell – but the Cherries have a higher amount of spending power this summer following their promotion and may be able to tempt Bowler’s current side to cash in.

We’re taking a look at a few others stories though with several items on the agenda at Bloomfield Road.

Stevens on the radar

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Brentford full-back Fin Stevens is currently on the Seasiders’ radar, according to a report from West London Sport.

Even with Jordan Gabriel already at the club, a replacement for former loanee Sterling could be beneficial to create more competition on the right-hand side and the other two clubs interested in his signature are in a similar situation.

Reading have managed to get Andy Yiadom tied down to a new deal – but Tyrell Ashcroft’s departure has left them with less depth in this position even though Kelvin Abrefa has managed to establish himself as a first-team option.

Swansea, meanwhile, are seemingly on the search for more competition for Matthew Sorinola, unless the ex-MK Dons man plies his trade on the left-hand side.

Critchley speaks out

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Former boss Neil Critchley has revealed Aston Villa’s facilities, their players and the club’s ambitions were three big reasons why he decided to leave Bloomfield Road for Villa Park this summer.

The 43-year-old made a shock departure in the early stages of June after guiding the Seasiders to a respectable finish at the end of their first season back in the second tier, relocating to the West Midlands to become Steven Gerrard’s number two with Michael Beale moving to Queens Park Rangers.

Many people questioned his decision to make this switch considering the reputation he was building in Lancashire, transforming the Tangerines from an average League One team to a competitive second-tier side.

However, the ex-Liverpool coach is fully satisfied with the choice he has made, saying to VillaTV (via Birmingham Live): “I worked with Steven previously for 18 months at Liverpool. I know how he wants to work and the type of football he wants to play.

“That’s obviously a big drawer. The facilities, players and ambition of the club, it was a big incentive for me.

“But everyone’s made me feel incredibly welcome. It’s been a bit hectic, a whirlwind. I keep getting lost around the training ground still! I’m settling in.”

Promising Rogers update

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Appleton’s side are confident of completing a deal for Manchester City winger Morgan Rogers, as per Lancs Live.

The City youngster has been linked with the second-tier side in the past – but they were unable to get a deal over the line despite the fact he rarely featured for former loan club AFC Bournemouth last season.

But with Appleton at the helm, with the 19-year-old thriving under Blackpool’s current boss at Lincoln City during the 2020/21 season, they are now confident of securing an agreement for the teenager.

He is seen as a “priority” target and with this, it would be difficult to see them not getting a deal over the line for him.


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