Cobblers squad assessed: A player-by-player guide to Keith Curle's new-look squad

Twelve new players have walked through the PTS gates this summer while nine have gone the other way, but just how are the Cobblers shaping up ahead of their 2019/20 Sky Bet League Two campaign?

Monday, 29th July 2019, 6:00 pm
Keith Curle has assembled virtually a whole new squad this season. Picture: Pete Norton

Here, we assess the options at Keith Curle's disposal heading into Saturday's opening game of the season against Walsall...

Number one throughout the entirety of last season, Cornell faces a tougher battle to retain the shirt this campaign. Was steady for the most part last year but Arnold is lurking and could well start against Walsall.
His arrival this summer means the Cobblers now have stronger competition and better depth in the goalkeeping department. Both are solid and reliable 'keepers, though Arnold hasn't dropped down a division to sit on the bench.

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Not one of the headline signings but he's gone about his work with quiet efficiency in pre-season. Capable of playing at full-back or wing-back and his athleticism will offer an extra dimension down the right flank this season.
Brought in to provide balance and attacking impetus to Town's left side, something that was missing last season. Has a dangerous cross on him - as seen at times in pre-season - and can play in a variety of positions if needed.
Looks likely to start the season alongside Goode and should he recapture his form of last term - when he was one of Town's standout performers - he'll quickly became a regular and important cog in the side once again.
Made captain and already looks to be relishing the role judging by his impressive pre-season. Reads the game well and is up for the physical battle. Much will depend on his fitness and form at the heart of Town's defence.
Played 31 times for two promotion-winning teams last season so hasn't come to warm the bench. Comfortable with the ball at his feet, which may well be important this season, and provides much-needed competition at centre-back.
Will be hoping to build on the 14 appearances made during his breakthrough year last season. His maturity, determination and versatility, not to mention talent, makes him a good back-up option should injury strike elsewhere.
Looked set to be an outcast having been transfer-listed in May but he's featured heavily in pre-season and seems up for the fight. A natural wing-back so can slot into 3-5-2 and has also done well at centre-back in friendlies.
Injury and inconsistency has hampered his progress, and he seemed to fall on the wrong side of Curle towards the end of last season. But he's looked hungry, sharp and determined to prove a point in pre-season.
Broke into the team towards the back end of last season and will want to continue that into the new campaign. Although competition for places in midfield has heated up, he has the talent to play more than just the odd game.
His fitness might be an issue but, should he stay relatively injury-free, he will become a hugely influential figure in Town's midfield. Breaks up play, wins tackles, can pick a pass and is a natural leader.
A classy operator in central midfield. Lives up to his name by breaking the lines of opposition through clever, precise passing. Another player who also brings a wealth of experience and know-how to the side.
If McCormack is the ball-winner and Lines adds the class, then Watson brings bundles of energy and tenacity. Might be seen further forward, perhaps playing the box-to-box, all-action midfield role.
Capable of play on either wing or down the middle, Adams is likely to be the main source of creativity this season so his form will be crucial to Town's success. Had four more assists than anyone else in League Two last season.
Divides fans but not managers. Into his fifth season at the Cobblers and sixth different manager in Curle. Boasts many important attributes - pace, movement, willingness - but can he find that crucial end product consistently?
Never previously played professional football but his movement and ability to find space in the box in pre-season suggest he shouldn't take long to adapt. His signing was somewhat of a gamble by Curle but he could well be a gem.
Will perform the important role of target man and goalscorer this term. Gave MK Dons a torrid time in pre-season and no defence will have it easy against him - but his main purpose will be to score plenty of goals.
Didn't boast the most impressive of goal records at Morecambe - seven in 64 games - but Curle is confident he can get the best out of him. In a similar mould to Smith, the two are going to be in direct competition.
Top scorer for the Cobblers with 12 goals last season but, despite that, his place never seemed secure and now he faces even greater competition from the likes of Harry Smith and Vadaine Oliver. Still a useful option.
Played against Sileby but hasn't been seen since. Seems likely to leave before the deadline but, if he does stay, and if he isn't completely discarded by Curle, he could offer the Cobblers something different.
Akin to Morias, he's only played one friendly and that was against Sileby. Having been made available for transfer in May, he's not in Curle's immediate plans.
An experienced centre-back and productive attacking player are still required, but otherwise Cobblers have a strong, balanced and experienced squad. With most bases already covered, a promotion challenge should be on the cards.