After a disaster on and off the field last season, Blackpool will need some leadership to guide them through a tough campaign. 30-year-old Spanish midfielder Andrea Orlandi will be charged with the task up picking up a young, and at times naïve ‘Tangerines’ side. The former Swansea City man possesses a peach of a left foot, and passing ability that could easily grace Championship level. The dynamic midfielder claimed 4 goals, but was limited to 28 league appearances last season. He appears for the first time in League One since he did so with ‘The Swans’ over 8 years ago.
One to watch
Not everybody is a fan of the shenanigans of Nile Ranger, but there is no doubt that when he is playing; he has the ability to turn a match. The former England under-19 forward has 24 Premier League caps to his name, which he collected while playing for Newcastle United. Ranger is an excellent hold up player and is the sort of player that will get the teams wingers involved at every opportunity. He is powerful in the air and light-footed on the ground, making it difficult for defenders to track his movement. If on form he is sure to add goals to Blackpool games, but if not, he will leave fans disappointed.
The squad has been completely rebuild over the summer, and to me, having a full squad of new players can only mean one thing, the will take time to gel, especially as they are youngsters. The centre-back pairing of Clark Robertson and Tom Aldred is inexperienced at League One level, so Blackpool could struggle at the back. Jose Miguel Cubero failed to fit in at Championship standard, but League One may be the perfect stepping stone for the Costa Rica international to improve his performances. Upfront Nile Ranger will produce the most firepower although I expect new signing Mark Cullen to chip in with a few goals after scoring 14 for League Two Luton Town last term. Overall new boss Neil McDonald faces a tough season with a vastly inexperienced squad, which I believe will be their downfall this season.