For now all we can do is speculate but I expect there to be some unfamiliar faces pitching up at Colney between the day of much fabled fitness-tests and September 1, when the window closes.
Among them will be three lads who, while not wholly unfamiliar, will be as keen as the new recruits to make a good first impression.
One is Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.
Despite playing his part in the Wembley celebrations I suspect the Belgian probably didn’t especially enjoy his first season in English football.
As Neil Adams’ ‘marquee’ signing we expected great things but in the end his 2014/15 campaign comprised of just six bit part appearances, his only league start coming in the goal-less draw at Sheffield Wednesday where he picked up the knee injury that curtailed his season.
So little have we seen of the Belgian international it still remains an unknown as to exactly what type of player he is. He looks a big unit, it looks as if he likes to operate in the ‘number 10’ role, he looks to have a little something about him, but that’s as far as it goes.
Equally, no-one wins three full caps without having done something along the way to impress but 167 minutes of football over an injury-plagued season offers few clues. Alex Neil therefore will be hoping to see a fully fit Vadis report back at Colney who will then proceed, over pre-season, to show him exactly what he is made of.
While the Belgian’s arrival in a summer of upheaval didn’t come with the bells and whistles that heralded the entrances of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer a year earlier, his was probably the one that sparked most interest, with YouTube offering us a tantalising glimpse of what he’d produced in the shirt of Club Brugge.
So, among the new faces and the different qualities they will all bring to the party, a fully-fit and energised Vadis should also offer Team Neil something new and fresh.
With Graham Dorrans already added to the midfield mix, City look potentially well equipped in that area and one suspects that, as a result, it’s the back-four and up front where the focus currently lies in terms of recruitment.
Particularly when the other semi-new face is added to the equation.
Louis Thompson was another Adams signing but, as part of the deal that brought him to City from Swindon in the first place, was immediately loaned back to the Robins on a season-long loan. As a result, he almost slipped under the radar but now, one assumes, will form part of Alex Neil’s class of 2016.
Whether a League One season that (like Vadis’) was curtailed by injury, will have been enough to propel him to the forefront of Neil’s thinking looks a little unlikely as things stand but a good pre-season under his belt and who knows.
In truth he figured far more prominently in the Robins’ play-off push than the Belgian did in City’s and in fact chalked up 38 appearances, three goals and seven yellow cards before a dislocated shoulder at the end of February virtually ended his season.
As it transpired, his battle for fitness – which was facilitated by regular visits to the Colney treatment room – and for a chance to say a final farewell to the Swindon fans was won, albeit it arrived at Wembley with his team 4-0 down in the League One play-off final.
Like the Belgian, Thompson is another who will be itching to get a full pre-season under his belt and make a big impression in the first few friendlies, although to force his way into a City midfield that is already bursting-full of experience will be a big ask.
Also returning to Norfolk from Wiltshire will be Harry Toffolo, one of an ever-dwindling number of the 2013 FA Youth Cup winning team.
Toffolo, like Thompson, played a significant role in the Robin’s route to the play-offs – being used predominantly as a left sided wing-back in their preferred 3-5-2 formation – and will arrive back at Colney keen to play his way into the first-team squad.
But, unlike his Swindon team-mate, Toffolo will be vying for a position in the City team where options are not currently plentiful and where Martin Olsson currently has no competition.
The departure of Javier Garrido has created a vacancy in the left-back department and it will intriguing to gauge the regard with which the England Under-20 international is held by those that matter.
Clearly he is another who will benefit from hitting the ground running in those first few training sessions but it would be great to see one of the Youth Cup heroes prosper in a yellow shirt because, as mentioned earlier, one by one they drift away to pastures new.
The predictable departure of Cameron McGeehan to Luton – a good move for both parties – left a slightly sour taste, if only for the good natured broadside taken by the captain of said youth team.
And it’s a shame. All part of footballing life, but still a shame.
Hopefully Master Toffolo will buck the trend and join the Murphys in the first-team reckoning – and perhaps Carlton Morris too will one day join the party – but if chances for City’s academy lads were sparse in the Championship, they’ll be even harder to come by in the Premier League.
Good luck to one and all.