There are 9 days until August 1st, so that means there are 9 days left until the start of the 14-15 season! I thought that I would take each of those days to examine one of the contenders, sum up their transfer activity [to date], and mull over their chances for the upcoming season. Granted, it's a little bit of an early analysis since the transfer window will remain open for quite awhile. But even if some teams haven't filled out their roster - matchday 1 kickoff is quickly approaching, and ready or not, nobody is going to wait!
Without further ado, lets get started with Rostov
(perhaps not a true contender, but I have no moral authority to leave out the reigning Cup Champions).
Kornel Saláta (transferlisted), Jan Holenda (transferlisted), Edgaras Česnauskis (not dressed for games), Soslan Dzhanayev (extra).
Rostov lost many key players that made them relatively successful last season: Dzyuba, Ananidze, Sheshukov, and Logashov are all gone. And they haven't really brought in much quality to replace them. Bukharov is perhaps the biggest name, despite being a Zenit reject. Which, in a way, is still more respectable than Torbinskiy being both a Lokomotiv and Rubin reject. The rest is hardly worth mention: Abazov is an inexperienced player even by First Division standards, Moussa Doumbia is a complete unknown straight out of Africa, etc. Moreover, apart from their optimal 11 being thoroughly unimpressive, Rostov has no depth to speak of. Yoo Byung-Soo won't strike fear into the hearts of many a goalkeeper, Kulishev's is there in name only - the boy has 67 minutes of RPL experience, and they simply don't have enough defenders and central midfielders to even play inner-squad scrimmage. So Rostov still has a lot of work to do on the transfer market. As it stands now, they will likely be a lot closer to the bottom of the table than their 7th place finish last season.