Date: 18th January 2013 at 6:02pm
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Today, AVB has stated that the club won’t seek to replace the long term injured Sandro, however, is Yann M’Vila simply too much of a bargain to turn down?

For a player to be available for around a third of his suggested figure of six months ago, M’Vila potentially not only offers superb cover for Sandro, but also is a player that the club will surely see as someone who simply has to show somewhere close to his form or last season to again be worth two or three times what anyone paid for him.

Despite already having Parker, Livermore and Huddlestone to step in for Sandro, is there still a consideration that Hudd lacks the game, Livermore lacks experience and Parker isn’t getting any younger. Does M’Vila also offer equally good or better bite, but also better creativity and distribution in an all-round game than all but Dembele and may also be seen as someone who will work well in a midfield three, should we still be developing towards that system.

I also wonder if as a club our interest in players that can technically adapt and cope with multiple positions and formations is something we are particularly interested in. In restricted Twenty-five man squads, does having multiple players that are comfortable in playing two or three positions the way to go? Barcalona lead the way in signing total footballers, who for example seem to slot into the team wherever. Song, Busquets or Mascherano all seem to be employed to cover defence or midfield and have that mix of defensive solidity and energy and comfort on the ball to play higher up. Is this type of player the future of the game, making the likes of Sandro, Livermore and M’Vila great and must have squad players.

In the short term, I could easily see a sale of Tom Huddlestone and loan of Jake Livermore still happening and that balancing the books on this deal. Hudd is technically excellent, but does that the high energy pressing game for AVB, whilst would Jake be better for pending a year on loan developing his game away and returning as the finished article, maybe at a time when Parker is looked to be moved on? All a little hypothetical, however, it does have. Levy deal stamped all over it, as Spurs get a bargain that can probably only increase in value and AVB gets a player that seems to have the game to fit his needs…