Wealthy Wrexham have built the best squad in the National League. Their starting line-up against Notts County had made a combined 1294 appearances in the EFL and for a team that has been non-league since 2008, that’s obscene. Players who should’ve been looking to move up a division dropped down one or even two levels to play for The Red Dragons. We look at their key signings, if Wrexham will meet expectations, and how they spent their money.
Wealthy Wrexham Looking To Make Money Count
Wealthy Wrexham’s Key Signings
Paul Mullin opened his Wrexham account against Notts County and will look to finish the season amongst the league’s top scorers. Mullin joined from Cambridge United in the summer after scoring 32 League 2 goals, the highest of any player in England’s top four divisions. Money was obviously Mullin’s key motivation behind dropping two divisions after leading Cambridge to promotion but he is also excited by the project in place at Wrexham. As the star of the show at the Racecourse Ground, Mullin will be under pressure to succeed and if he does there’s no limit on how far he and Wrexham can go.
Another player joining from League One is Cheltenham Town‘s player of the year who will look to lead Wrexham’s defence and keep things tight at the back. Tozer is famous for his long throw but is also a fine defender proven as Cheltenham had the second-best defence in League Two in the 2020/21 season. At 31, Tozer joined Wrexham for one last payday but success on the pitch will be welcome too. He may believe he can go higher with Wrexham than was ever possible with Cheltenham.
National League Stronger Than Ever
Wrexham may be stronger than ever but so is the National League. Their Opponents on Monday, Notts County, also recruited well. Ex Burton Albion midfielder Matty Palmer and Harrogate Town Defender Ed Francis are among their key arrivals. The National League is hard to get out of, with just one automatic promotion spot, so Wrexham will hope they can do enough to get promoted at their first attempt. They’ve started the season with two draws and just one win, however the squad is still gelling and they’ve shown enough so far to prevent any doubts about their promotion chances.
Wealthy Wrexham Have Recruited Wisely
With film stars Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds as new owners, Wrexham suddenly had an influx of money at their disposal but money doesn’t guarantee success. Many teams have tried and failed to buy their way out of divisions bit that can only happen when money is spent wisely in order to achieve success.
Wrexham, on paper, have spent their money wisely. 5 of their 9 signings were free transfers with Wrexham using higher wages rather than high transfer fees to lure talent to the Racecourse ground. One of McElhenney and Reynolds’ first moves was to appoint Ex Burton Albion commercial director Fleur Robinson as Chief Executive. Robinson has experience of managing a club on the rise as she oversaw Burton’s rise from League Two to The Championship. As well as knowledge on how to smartly work within a budget from her days at Burton, Robinson has knowledge of the football game and business that the new owners lack and will be crucial in making Wrexham’s future a successful one.