>The Midweek Review…15/05/08…

>It’s all go in the playoffs as the first legs are now done and dusted while Orient are sniffing around our ex-front two pairing. All eyes on the transfer window now as the summer begins…

As The Cobblers settle into the summer holidays we have already booked up three friendly games. Brackley will be the first point of call and that could turn out to be a clever PR move by the club, looking to attract a few more fans from that side of Northamptonshire.

A trip to Luton has also been arranged, as has a home game with West Bromwich Albion, who will, by then, be a Premier League outfit. The Baggies beat us 5-1 last summer so we will be looking for a better fight this time around.

Leyton Orient have already made moves to try and sign Poul Hubertz and Adebayo Akinfenwa. Of course they are free to do so but it would be a major disappointment if Bay were to choose Orient over our contract offer. After a great start to the season, Orient fell badly and ended up below us in the table. Next season could be tricky for them and surely we would hold a better option for the big man.

As for Hubertz, he has indicated that he could be on the move back to Denmark though another season in the capital could persuade him. Of course he will score against us if he were to sign for Martin Ling’s side!

The playoffs are in full swing and Carlisle pulled off somewhat of a shock by beating Leeds. The late goal from Dougie Freedman could well be the one that keeps Leeds in the tie, though they must go to Brunton Park knowing Carlisle have an outstanding home record.

As far as who we should want to win the playoffs, surely Leeds will be the ones we want rid of. With Elland Road chalked off the “grounds visited” list, it would seem the sensible choice to cheer them on in the playoffs. Firstly because next season they would be an awesome force in this league and secondly because League One should be happy to be rid of their constant moaning about their points.

Without Forest and Leeds, League One could be an immensely close season next time around and all the better our chances would be. The other three contenders, Carlisle, Doncaster and Southend do not hold as much a threat while of the relegated Championship sides, Leicester are the only ones that stand out.

David Cardoza has said today that he expects five new summer signings and that the main concern is the midfield and attacking options. One of these signings, a midfielder, could be in place as early as next week according to the chairman.

As we get used to Saturdays without football for a few months, we remain focused on the transfer market in what could be an exciting summer at Sixfields.

Up The Cobblers!


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