Who do we keep, who do we sell, who to swap??!
Morning all, before we go any further, have a great bank holiday everyone!! These were my thoughts/hopes regarding this summer’s transfer activities…
My choices below are based solely on squad strength for next season, nothing more. I’ve no interest in depleting resale values, age, or whether I think this player is a better person off field than that. It’s simply down to how best we strengthen given our constraints.
I’ll start with one of my favourites; Dembele. For me he stays, no doubt in my mind whatsoever. I appreciate he’s ageing, that he may require wrapping in cotton wool, but the stats don’t lie. His average pass completion last season was 92.7%, phenomenal. Mousa played vs Madrid, Juve, Man U, Liverpool, Goons & Chavs, big game player, one of our more experienced too. Until we find an adequate replacement, give him the three year extension (we can still sell in a season’s time if we decide) where’s the problem? This campaign he managed 2214 minutes having recovered from an ankle operation. Putting that into perspective; on average over the last six seasons, he’s managed 2300 mins per season. Why keep? It’s quite simple: are we stronger or weaker without him? For me, weaker. So until we find an adequate replacement, he stays. At 30 years of age, there’s still a few miles in the tank, he’s not quite a 35 year old Ya Ya yet.
Jugs (another of my fav’s). This is a tough tough call. In an ideal world I’d say keep without doubt! It’s not an ideal world, & we have to sell players to raise funds for new purchases. 40/50/60 mil for a 29 year old who won’t sign, how do we turn that down? Defensively, we’ve just had one of our best seasons for decades, mostly without his involvement. Previously I’ve enjoyed 3 at the back, but having sold Walker, & with Rose’s injury, I thought we were better playing a back 4, allowing for an additional attack minded player. Currently we have Verts, Sanchez, Dier, Davies & 4th that can play CB. One cheap replacement & utilise the proceeds to strengthen elsewhere would be my preference. My one stipulation for departure would be that we sell abroad. I’m loving Verts & I’m loving Sanchez btw!
Wanyama, keep, the guy was a monster before his injury. We wouldn’t get top dollar for him after last season, & again I couldn’t see us bringing in a stronger replacement for the money. When at his best, I prefer him to Dier at DM.
This one will no doubt raise a few eyebrows, but I’d have rid of Trippier. Yeah he can cross, but he doesn’t have the pace or ability to be a truly great player. Do I see us winning the prem or champions league with this guy in our side? No. Time & again I’ve watched him get skinned, Sane ripping him a new one last season was enough for me. Harsh, but we’d get good money to buy an upgrade.
What about Aurier??! I’d give him one more season on the bench & see if Poch can get a tune. We won’t get anywhere near the funds we’d receive for Tripps.
Coco (ol’ snake hips), another we should retain imho. Can’t see anyone paying a fair price given his recent injuries, & how do you upgrade without spending north of 50mil? I love his attitude & work rate, & have not forgotten the player we had just before this hipster injury. I want quality options from the bench, a player capable of pushing for 1st team action, here he is.
Sissy, ta ta pal! I’m not a hater, his attitude has been decent, he puts in a shift, just not good enough, especially at 90k p/wk.
Llorente, again bye bye, nothing really needs saying. Nice guy, doesn’t suit our style of play…
Davies or Rose? I’d keep Rose & sell Davies, based purely on footballing ability (more raised eyebrows). Jose ain’t interested in Davies & there’s good reason for that. I hope Rose lives up to his word, knuckles down & works hard to regain his place, he’s a player.
Toby, Sissy, Trips, Davies, Llorente, NK-Done, Janssen.
Sessegnon, Kovacic (bed him in for a year, then move Dembele on), Martial, Evans & Vrsaljko.
Our 1st team squad would now look like:
GK: Hugo, Vorm, Gazza
Defence: Rose, Sessegnon, Verts, Sanchez, Evans, 4th, Vrsaljko, KWP, Aurier
Midfield: Dembele, Kovacic, Dier, Wanyama, Lamela, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Moura, Winks.
CF: King Kane & Martial.
That’s 24 players & would leave room for a couple of youngsters from the crappy academy.
If Levy were to sanction an additional 60/70 mil to player sales, I wouldn’t call this the impossible dream!!
So, that’s what I’d like to see happen, I’d be interested to hear what everyone else thinks & their hopes/aspirations for this coming window….
PS, If anyone disagrees with any of the above, they automatically incur a lifetime blog ban!!
PPS No, they won’t (Flat Oeuf)