Scott Sinclair has had a long and successful football career which has included stints with Chelsea and Celtic. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)Scott Sinclair has had a long and successful football career which has included stints with Chelsea and Celtic. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Scott Sinclair has had a long and successful football career which has included stints with Chelsea and Celtic. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) | Getty Images

All 36 Bristol Rovers signings overseen by Joey Barton rated - gallery

Joey Barton has developed a reputation for developing young players at Bristol Rovers - but has he always got it right?

Bristol Rovers right now are shaped in the image of Joey Barton, who has been given the maximum backing by the board. Despite being relegated under him in 2021, he was allowed to continue, and with the pressure of being expected to bounce back immediately, his side did just that, winning promotion from League Two, and then securing their place after a 17th-placed finish.

Barton's been at the Memorial Stadium for nearly two-and-a-half-years, and after suffering relegation with another mans squad, he has been able to get rid of most of the signings before him, and has brought in no fewer than 36 players. He had to assemble virtually new squads in both campaigns, and this summer is expected to be no different with up to 12 signings earmarked. Business has already begun with the new contract awarded to Josh Grant, whilst talks are ongoing with Grant Ward about extending his stay.

36 players is quite a lot, but you have to consider that Barton has relied heavily on the loan market to complement his squad, and some have seen out the campaign, whilst others have been sent back early. Most loan signings at the club have been successful, and you only have to look at Elliot Anderson who will be playing Champions League football next season as an example of that. Connor Taylor got a bit of a run at Stoke City too amid attempts from Rovers to bring him back, but in an ideal world, Rovers will want to develop their own players.

During his reign to date, the 57-year-old has overseen the arrival of more than three starting XI's, Here, BristolWorld rates all of those players out of 10 based on their impact so far

36 players is quite a lot, but you have to consider that Barton has relied heavily on the loan market to complement his squad, and some have seen out the campaign, whilst others have been sent back early. Most loan signings at the club have been successful, and you only have to look at Elliot Anderson who will be playing Champions League football next season as an example of that. Connor Taylor got a bit of a run at Stoke City too amid attempts from Rovers to bring him back, but in an ideal world, Rovers will want to develop their own players.

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