- Mar 9, 2018
Superb post, I think it is safe to say we are only going to bring in one of Grealish or Van Der Beek but not sure which oneSimply put, we need both.
Forget other areas of concern (RW and CF), this is a thread based on whether we need more midfielders. And the answer is yes.
Lingard is useless
Periera is useless
Gomes has contract issue
Garner needs a loan for development
McTom is squad worthy
Fred is squad worthy
Matic is squad worthy (will be used for this season, but not further)
Fernandes is squad worthy
Pogba is squad worthy (but have long term concerns regarding contract/commitment)
What we have lacked for years across the squad is competition for places and some real quality throughout. We have seen how injuries effect us and we resort to playing Periera as a CDM, which turned out to be pretty disastrous. Im not playing Periera as such, but he's not good enough to be playing there, we were forced into it by having no depth throughout the squad.
We are likely to play 3 midfielders.
Whether we play a double or a single pivot, we have depth issue's.
If we have 2 injuries we are over relying on Matic for CDM and if one of Pogba or Fernandes gets injured/suspended we are pretty light for the more advanced midfield role.
We never seem to "phase" players out when they are in decline, we just dont sign anyone till they're gone and then struggle. This is why we need a DM now, to phase Matic out and provide quality competition against Fred/McTom.
Players will improve with better players around them.
Fernandes for example, is NEVER going to think Lingard or Periera and genuinely take his place, whereas if we signed a Grealish or a Van Der Beek he'd think twice and stay on form. Football is more than application, it's about mentality and desire as well. Thats what we lack.
We need both.
Looks very much like Bellingham will go to Dortmund but still really need to bring in a DM who is good on the ball too.
We cannot rely on just Matic in that area next season and don't feel that Fred & McTominay are that sort of player.