- Feb 26, 2019
Exactly this. Plus Smalling Sanchez and Rojo are still coming back.I have literally said the same as you did, however, alot of people have argued that we must sign first team players first.
For me if we keep that criteria of first team players then we are going to sign only Sancho and Ighalo only. For all other positions that people want us to strengthen we already have 3 to 4 players for eg. They want a Dm but what happens to Matic, Mctominay and Fred.
Furthermore, for CB we also have Lindelof, Bailly, Jones and Axel. Our biggest problem is we have far too many pointless players. In order to have a balanced squad. We need to get rid of Lingard, Perriera, Sanchez, Jones and Matic.
If we ship these players only then we have enough room to sign Grealish, Cb and Dm along with Sancho and Ighalo.
In defense we have Shaw Williams Rojo Smalling Maguire Baily Tuanzebe Lindelof Jones AWB and Dalot. I think this is good quantity. But quality wise I think only Maguire and AWB would start or a top European team although the rest are solid depth.
It's abit of the reverse with midfield. In midfield we have solid starting quality with Bruno Pogba and Fred but very weak depth with the likes of Lingard Pereira and Mata as none of them would make the bench for a top European side.
In attack it feels like we just need to fill an empty space and we're solid. We have no RW and no natural no.9. Get those and we're good to go
Based on this I'd say in order to go back to being a top Europe side for competing for the biggest trophies we need to
1. Clear the remaining deadwood that won't even make the bench in top European teams
2. Get a CB and LB of starting quality. Solid AM for rotation. And a natural striker and RW. This summer I would prioritise ST RW and AM. Getting a natural striker and RW has to be priority because we simply don't have any. Followed by an AM for rotation because if Lingard Pereira and Mata are not good enough to be on the bench for top European teams then they shouldn't be good enough for us either. So that means we have no rotational AM.