Yep. We're looking at maybe three players currently making up our best XI who are likely to be here come the summer aren't we?
GK - NEW
RB - NEW CB - Wilmot CB - NEW LB - NEW
DM - NEW CM - Laurent/Baker CAM - NEW
RW - Campbell CF - NEW LW - NEW
I don’t agree with that.
I’d have Brown in any starting 11 in this league on the RW, especially with a target man. Campbell has made gradual improvements on the LW in recent weeks.
I’d love to see Taylor tried alongside Wilmot to see if he’s close. I’d also love to see Tymon given a shot at left back now that we actually have a defensive midfielder. Getting a fuller understanding of those two should be imperative before creating an entirely new defensive line.
I don’t see us getting an attacking midfielder. Our system currently doesn’t use one, which means someone would have to come to sit on a bench/be used for the occasional game. We need a couple of mobile 8s though to play alongside Laurent and in front of Pearson (hopefully).
It’s still a huge task, but I think it’s a better idea to use what we can instead of trying to bring in even more. The recruitment has been below par for years, the less they have to do the better.
Yes different posters have different views on how many of the current squad are regular starters next year. It's only a week ago that some were labelling virtually every player as crap and 2 weeks since they were getting vitriolic abuse as they left the pitch. I think that having so many players out of contract has it's pros and cons. Yes it is difficult to buy and gel so many players at once. On the other hand for the first time in 4 years the manager can bring in players to suit his style of play. I actually think we need a lot more than 7( not all starters). We have 11 players, including Edwards(so 10). If we want a squad of 25, that means 15 new players. Even if we include Tezgel and Lowe and reduce the squad to 23,we would still need 11. Obviously some of those would hopefully be players we already have on loan, and some new loanees.
I think there was an interview with Ricky Martin post transfer window. I think in that, if memory serves me right, he lays out exactly what type of players and profile we are looking at in the summer?..