It has been a very busy week for the academy in terms of players departing permanently and on loan, but there is still much more work to do.
With regards to permanent departures, Jordi Osei-Tutu has signed for VfL Bochum, where he had a successful loan spell in the 2019/20 season. At the age of 23, it is the right time for Osei-Tutu to depart although there is a feeling that the right-back could have impressed if he was given a first-team chance a few years ago.
Daniel Ballard is reportedly set to sign for Burnley. Ballard has built up plenty of experience on loan at Millwall and Blackpool, while he has also featured for Northern Ireland at senior level. The centre-back is another example of player who now needs regular game time at senior level.
In terms of loan moves, Mika Biereth has headed out on temporary transfer for the first time with RKC Waalwijk, while Omar Rekik will also be playing in the Eredivisie with Sparta Rotterdam.
Meanwhile, in England Harry Clarke will be spending the season with Stoke City and Tyreece John-Jules has linked up with Ipswich Town as he looks to finally get over his injury struggles.
There are still many other deals that need to be sorted – James Olayinka, Ryan Alebiosu and Matt Smith, for instance, could be sold or loaned.
Tim Akinola and George Lewis have been given new contracts and could be loaned out, and there are other players who are candidates for loans such as Miguel Azeez, Ben Cottrell, Kido Taylor-Hart, Tom Smith, Nikolaj Moller and Mazeed Ogungbo.