You're advocating jettisoning the team's most reliable source of goals and creativity in favour of a player whose stay here has been pockmarked by inconsistency.
I'd be fine with signing Sawyers as an understudy to Powell but it would be insane to replace one with the other, especially given Sawyers is nearly three years older.
No squad should be built on the basis of any player having an understudy. Every player should be competing all the time for a place in the first team. Including Powell.
Replace ‘understudy’ with ‘competition’ then. If both players are here and Sawyers is in better form, no issue with him starting over Powell. Flat out letting Powell go in favour of Sawyers would be insane though.
Would have signed him as Powell-cover, but as we've already renewed Vrancic's deal, it makes no sense to do so now...which is why I fully expect him to be stood in-front of the Boothen End holding a red and white scarf up within the next few days.
I expect to see several signings made just before the end of the transfer deadline giving them no chance to integrate until about Christmas and so losing any chance of promotion. Get your fingers out now transfer team!
If MON signs a brick shithouse defensive midfielder then Sawyers can get in the team. Without such a player he is a liability as his defensive capabilities are hopeless.
This. That’s unless MON is happy with mediocrity rather than improvement. Sawyers is a decent player but you can’t have Powell, him and Baker in the same team as it doesn’t work. If we’re going with 3 in MF we need Baker a sitting / DM midfielder and Powell (or Vrancic). We need a physical presence in CM and up front if we’re to improve unless we move from 343 / 351 to 442 with no WB or proper wingers.
Have to learn the lesson of last season that Vrancic and Sawyers can’t play together in same team. Opposition walks through us. Happened so many times. Good player as a 10 with a two string midfielders
Have to learn the lesson of last season that Vrancic and Sawyers can’t play together in same team. Opposition walks through us. Happened so many times. Good player as a 10 with a two strong midfielders
That should be plenty good enough....under a decent manager who can get it functioning.
Far too lightweight.
Not 'far too' as long as Thompson stays fit but would agree we need a bit more physicality especially if Sawyers plays (Vrancic offers far more physically). If Allen stays and we get a better right wing back than Smith though it should be fine. Allen offers far more defensively in midfield than he is given credit for.
Can we afford him with having Vrancic and Powell signed up, would definitely have him if we could somehow get rid of Clucus
If the three of them could get injured at seperate times we'd have excellent mf generals at all times, but if all three are injured at the same time - as they were for 2-3 months this past season - they will leave a gaping hole in midfield with no one to replace them. But even if they should manage to stay injury free for a time, we must at all costs avoid playing the three of them together at the same time, as we did that once and it was disastrous.