Aa much as I like the idea of potentially developing Vitek, Hannibal and Mainoo for the keeper and midfield slots. I don't think we can afford to wait around and overlook established midfield talents like Enzo Fernandez or Diogo Costa.
I think if we want to successfully transition into a team that is good at building the play from the defensive to the middle and then attacking thirds. Then it's imperative we sign a midfielder who is going to have the ability to progress play at a high level from the first two phases of play.
And in the game today it's important to have a midfielder who not only has the technical qualities on the ball, but also along with the technical side has the ball carrying ability to evade the press and roam between the lines. We don't have that player and it's extremely important to have a player like that if the aim is to dominate the opponent with and without the ball.
If Frenkie de Jong isn't a possibility then I'd be extremely happy if we signed the below players.
CB: Ilya Zabarnyi
Mid: Enzo Fernandez
I'm not saying the above is a sure possibility, but if we can do something close to the above, then I would feel very confident going into the new season. Probably wouldn't win the league straight away, but we'd be taking a big step towards being serious challengers again in the very near future.
And there's alot of money we can potentially offload from the wage bill, as well as recouping money from certain players who could be deemed surplus to requirements.