- Aug 22, 2017
We won't sign 9 new players, everyone in football would probably agree with that. How many team stats have ever signed 9 players in a transfer window? Villa went for it this season but apart from that I can't remember a time I've seen so many incomings.Don't know what's to disagree with really... we need a backup striker and were looking to bring one in in January, ditto a DM and indications are that Soumaré is the one we are looking at. That's 2. We've had ITK that we're after 2 right backs IF Aurier goes in the summer, and ITK on a new left back (to replace Rose) for summer. That's 5. ITK has then told us we are close to Eze and after McNeil. That's 7. We will likely need a 3rd choice keeper when Vorm's contract expires, and a new LCB to replace Verts if we're not renewing his contract. That's 9.
Which of those are you saying we don't need?
It may be that Cirkin comes in at left back and Austin at 3rd GK, but whether we recruit from within or externally it's still 9 players that will be recruited or needed.
Granted if Aurier stays that's one less at right back, but that's a big if...
My personal opinion is that 4-5 months is a long time in football, plenty can change. I think we'll stick with Aurier and that we will only sign 1 RB as opposed to the 2 discussed previously. I also believe that withnthe emergence of Tanganga and his diversity across the back four that a new LB isn't essential. Give Sessegnon another half a years worth of development and let's see if he makes a good understudy. Teams like Liverpool don't exactly have massive depth in the fullback departments, we don't need top class and over the top spending whennwe have more pressing areas.
I'd like to see one of Whiteman or Austin come good to the 3rd choice position in goal. Half a season on loan could be very good for Austin and if we can have a academy grown 3rd choice GK it would be a huge help to us. I'm sure Jose will give him every chance to demonstrate his worth at that level to us.
For me, as things stand I think we can put a strong squad together only getting 1 RB, no LB, I'd like to see one of the youth boys step up to 3rd choice GK t that's depending on how they develop under Jose, a DM, backup/ rotation FWD as you've mentioned, Eze and McNeil I can't see happening, maybe one of the two but I'd be surprised to see us move heavy for both.
Eze or McNeil
Maybe a 3rd choice GK it depends
The 9 players you think we'll sign, realistically how much money do you think that would cost the club? ITK says Osimhen, Soumare perhaps, Eze, McNeil, Aarons is bookies favourite to us, the other RB I aint sure will be a goer I'd be shocked to see us get x2, a LB, a new GK, a CB to replace Vertonghen so the 9 you feel we need, how much do you think that will cost? Unrealistic I'd say to expect that many incomings