For any manager going into the preseason, there is always the problem of getting the balance right when bringing in and selling players. However, the issue becomes greatly magnified when a team is making the transition from the Championship to the Premier League.
Steve Bruce has two examples to learn from.
One is Southampton, who made funds available to significantly strengthen last summer, bringing in key players such as Maya Yoshida, Jay Rodriguez and Nathaniel Clyne, who helped the Saints to place 14th at the end of the season.
The other is Reading, who, having finished above Southampton in 2011-12, perhaps underestimated the quality of the top flight. They brought in players, though not top players—while Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Guthrie came from Premier League teams, they are not as good as Gaston Ramirez and Rodriguez—and were doomed to spend only one season at the top before being sent down in 19th place.
However, Steve Bruce has plenty of top-flight experience, both as a player and in management, and will no doubt push Assem Allam for some spending money.
Here we will take a look at some possible transfers that could see the Tigers survive through to the 2014-15 Premier League season.
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