Players, positions and shortages

by   |   20/05/2016   Comments  [Jump to last]

With all the hype surrounding a new manager and ground I find it hard to escape the idea we have reached a point where there is a huge need to overhaul our playing squad.

I'm of the opinion this is not a daunting task as this rebuild period looks to be coinciding with an emergence of young players ready for the first team.

Most top managers challenging for the top of the Premier League work on the basis of two players for each position:

Goalkeepers:
New Player / New Player

Right Back:
Coleman / Kenny or Connolly

Left Back:
Baines / Garbutt

Centre half:
Funes Mori / Galloway
Stones / Jags

Centre mid:
Barry / McCarthy
Davies / Besic

Attacking midfield / Number 10:
Barkley / Dowell

Right Winger:
Deulofeu / New Player

Left Winger:
New Player / Mirallas

Striker:
Lukaku / New Player

Players to leave:
Howard
Robles
Hibbert
Oviedo
Cleverley
Niasse
McGeady
Koné
Pienaar
Gibson
Osman
Lennon
Mattioni
Henen

A number of these players are out of contract. Some need to be offloaded (even on free transfers, eg, McGeady).

The players to leave are simply not good enough.

On central defence, I'd say we need to find Jagielka's replacement. We'd also need to replace those players who want to leave (Lukaku, Stones and Mirallas??)

It's a huge job ahead, but I'd question any manager happy to retain any player on my 'players to leave' list as they're simply not good enough...

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