Can Lewis Brunt's Premier League experience turn Wrexham into serious contenders this season?

There isn’t a lot to talk about Wrexham these days. Ryan Reynolds seems quite focused on his upcoming “Deadpool & Wolverine” release as the Hollywood star looks to resurrect Marvel’s dying fortunes. However, that doesn’t mean the Welsh club doesn’t know how to turn up the heat. With the summer transfer window still in effect, Phil Parkinson’s men might have secured one of the best League One deals this summer.

Wrexham took to their club website earlier today to announce Lewis Brunt’s arrival from Leicester City. The midfielder spent last season on loan at Mansfield Town and played a crucial part in helping the team secure promotion to League One. The Welsh club will be quite pleased with their business move, with Brunt providing Phil Parkinson with much-needed stability in his ranks.

Lewis Brunt’s move provides Wrexham with balance in midfield & defense


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Fans have every right to be pleased with the club’s move for Brunt. The former Leicester City star is a jack of all trades, with the player comfortable playing in three positions. While originally starting as a defensive midfielder, Brunt shined for Mansfield last season in the center of their defense.

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His Premier League experience

Potential to strengthen defense

Boost to team morale

Ryan Reynolds' influence

Phil Parkinson can use the newest Wrexham signing in multiple positions. Brunt could serve as the team’s natural CDM if the team signs any top center back this summer. However, if Wrexham cannot get their hands on Tom Pearce or other potential targets, Brunt is a natural option as a central defender.

Lewis Brunt could be a horse for the long run


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One of the biggest problems Wrexham had with their squad last season was their reliance on veteran players. Both Ben Tozer and Luke Young were in their 30s and could not be considered a part of a long-term project. With Lewis Brunt being just 23, the team management now has a player they can use as a focal point in their defense/midfield.

This will allow the team to make the most of their other players like Jacob Mendy, Max Cleworth, and Aaron James as they look for improved game time following Tozer and Young’s departure.

Wrexham’s move for Brunt puts Mansfield in jeopardy


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If you think of this in a logical sense, the club’s deal for Brunt not only bolsters their squad but weakens Mansfield at the same time. Lewis Brunt was a key player for Mansfield last season as he played a massive role in helping the team secure promotion to League One.

While the club was interested in making a permanent move for the player, Wrexham’s deal has poured cold water over their intentions. Both teams are coming up to the high-tiered league and plucking off the best player from your potential rivals is a smart move.