With almost the same amount of players going out, as has came in, the Buddies have had a major overhaul in the squad this summer, with some big names leaving; and some experienced players joining.. This is how I view Jack Ross’ side’s chances in the division this season.
With Billy O’Brien’s loan spell ending, the club needed to recruit a new goalkeeper. With former Saints player Craig Samson coming in, alongside highly-thought-of youngster Ross Stewart, then I feel this area of the pitch is strong this season for the Paisley side and doesn’t require any immediate attention.
The defence has saw experience depart in Ben Gordon and the retiring Andy Webster.. Harry Davis has extended his stay after leaving Crewe while Gregor Buchanan bolstering the ranks while the impressive Stelios Demetriou has remained with the club too. I think an additional one defender, possibly another full-back, may be the final addition in this area for the coming campaign.
The biggest loss this summer was Stevie Mallan departing for Barnsley. It would be difficult for him to be replaced completely but with the signings of Jordan Kirkpatrick and Ian McShane, it adds depth to this department while also adding a creative spark. With Lewis Morgan; Dale Hilson; Kyle Magennis and Josh Todd on the wings, I think this is the strongest area of the pitch for the Saints and will cause teams problems this term.
Up front, a good balance has been struck with the experience of John Sutton; the youth of Ross Stewart and the hunger of Gavin Reilly. When you add this to the creative Cammy Smith and the presently njured David Clarkson, then again, I think there is a strong basis to work with here for Jack Ross.
I think the Buddies will have a much better campaign this time around with a play-off place a possibility. The addition of a couple of defenders could be the key to bolster the depth of this area fully and if this can be done, there is no reason why the Saints cannot challenge to finish in the top 4 this season.