Some positive news amid fears that he could be part of any deal to land Joleon Lescott is that Nedum Onouha has signed a new five-year contract with the club.
A huge plus for the club the past season or so is the emergence of Onouha into a genuine first-team player, thankfully free of the injuries which stalled his progress since he broke into the side.
Onouha himself seemed positive about his own future, despite the prospect of increased competition for places:
“I am really, really happy,” he declared. “This is a great place for any young player to be. Hopefully it will be the start of another good five years for me and for the club. This is a season that we will be looking right towards the top of the table.
“Who knows how far the club can go. If you look back five years who would have expected the club to be in the position it is in now. We feel anything is possible.
“There is a brilliant mix here in terms of the squad. There are a lot of big signings that have been made but there are also plenty of lads who have come through the Academy and I think that is an important thing.
“We all have a lot more experience now and I think we are the type of players teams need to be successful. If you look at the recent history of the clubs that have won trophies they have all had a home grown element.”