I may be proved wrong by events, but... By returning Ugbo, allowing Barnes to return without replacement (my understanding is that the club would have been given time to do this), and attempting to make Joe Williams permanent; is a pattern developing? Is the club moving away from loans to focus our energy on developing players which we can fully benefit from? This would be a logical next step for ‘the plan’ and a reflection of the increased ambition and resources of the club in this new era. It would also, obviously, be a huge step forward for the club after years of being dependent on better teams’ young players or cast offs. If we do replace Ugbo and Barnes with permanent, ambitious signings, it would be a sign of exciting times to come.