1st – Ben Coker
This is a deal I can see being done or perhaps even already having been done. The left-sided player was a real handful for Southend when fit and his background correlates with the sort of player Danny looks for. He’s come from non-league, he’s proved himself in League One and his attitude always gets high praise.
He plays on the left of the field, usually at left back but also a little further forward if required. He hasn’t, to my knowledge, played a lot of football on the left wing, but Danny Rowe and Tom Pett hadn’t played a lot through the centre. Look how that worked out.
A contact of mine from the south-east confirmed the belief that Coker was moving to us, even suggesting the deal was close to completion a couple of weeks ago. There might be a hold up as we look to deal in a few players, or there might be a hitch.
It might be that my contact wasn’t right either, but Coker himself seemed to confirm a deal was in place.
Of all the rumours so far, this is the one I expect to see come to fruition.