Final pieces of jigsaw needed with under a week to go!

Mukendi…new signing

The last home friendly of the summer is done, the majority of the Cobblers squad is in place and we now look full steam ahead to the start of the season. It’s undoubtedly going to feel a bit odd kicking things off with a League Cup game this season and I get the feeling that we’ll somehow see it as less of a disappointment if Cardiff City progress at our expense than we would in normal seasons.

The big league kick off follows on Saturday week and that’s the one we really need to get right. There’s been a bit of transfer activity this week with Neal Kitson returning to America to be replaced by loanee Wigan stopper Lee Nicholls and Liverpool man Henoc Mukendi joining just as Michael Hoganson made his decision to join Derby County and not the Cobblers.

Both new men featured in last night’s 3-1 win over a youthful West Ham United side with Nicholl starting in goal and Mukendi playing for the final ten minutes, fluffing a chance to make it 4-1 late on. The win was an important one with previous home defeats to squads from Chelsea, Derby and Spurs putting a bit of a downer on the summer build up.

I feel like I’ve been saying it all summer but we still do need that centre back and the Clarke Carlisle ‘will he, won’t he?’ drama is still rolling on. Whether he re-joins us or not I can’t help but feel we still need another loanee for the middle of defence to provide back up having heard not such great things about Anthony Charles’ performances in the last couple of weeks. Kelvin Langmead has been making more of a mark at the other end of the pitch, scoring three times over three friendlies and he would be the one I would keep alongside a new man.

The Olympics are helping to move us quicker than we normally move towards the first day of the season and I can’t wait to get stuck in once again! There’s more League Two Previews on the way as this week ends and then I’ll be building up to the Capital One Cup game with Cardiff come Monday and Tuesday.