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Hurst Confident Nolan and Nsiala Can Make Step Up
Thursday, 9th Aug 2018 18:46

Blues boss Paul Hurst is delighted to have signed midfielder Jon Nolan and central defender Toto Nsiala from his former club Shrewsbury and believes they are good enough to make the step up to the Championship.

The pair’s move from the League One Shrews was confirmed yesterday for a combined fee of approaching £2 million.

“The biggest thing for me is I think they're good enough,” Hurst said. “I like them as people but I like some other people who can’t play football and I’m not going to sign them.

“But you know exactly what you’re getting with them. The challenge for them is, and I’ve seen both of them and have spoken about it, is they understand that it is a step up, I think quite a big step. And they’re keen to prove themselves.

Posted by TWTD on Thursday, 9 August 2018

“They’re not going to come here and think, ‘The manager likes me, I’m just going to get in the team’. It’s not about that.

“But I’m delighted to have them on board. It was something on my mind, maybe particularly in Jon Nolan’s case with the midfield players we’ve got, that was one I thought, ‘Would it fit?’. But thankfully we’ve managed to make it fit.

“And I have to say my midfield is looking extremely strong. It’s going to give me some serious headaches in there.

“But again, whether it’s rotation, whether it’s people being in better form than others, I’m really comfortable and very pleased about what we’ve got.”

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alztar added 18:51 - Aug 9
I think the midfield depth is a real plus at the club. Will allow PH to keep it fresh and should keep all the options in competition with each other!

Shame it can't be said about our defence but if the loan market is as successful as the transfer market I'm sure PH is going to get the right players in!

COYB!! Here's to a very positive season, gosh isn't it refreshing!?!?!

dukey44 added 18:55 - Aug 9
Why worry about the defence cause if the midfield and front players click we only have to score more than the other team?

floridaboy added 18:56 - Aug 9
We know Jonas can play CB and did ok last season when asked to play there. Kenlock can play LB as can Edun.

Tilt would have been a great signing. But if we are playing a back four one of Tllt, Toto or Chambers are going to be disappointed

Really looking forward to 2 p.m. Saturday and that team sheet!

WicklowBlue added 20:14 - Aug 9
 “I like them as people but I like some other people who can’t play football and I’m not going to sign them"

That made me lol

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