Date: 11th August 2014 at 2:21pm
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Interesting to see MP saying that we have too many players. Apparently he is poised to sell 5 players. At last some common sense coming out of the Lane.

I totally agree. Without going on about the magnificent 7 and too many midfielders, we have all been screaming out the squad is unbalanced. MP has been addressing this by bringing in Davies, Dier and possibly Yedlin and Musacchio. At last a manager who is addressing our biggest problem for years, our defence. With Kaboul’s injuries and Dawson’s lack of pace etc, Vlad not establishing himself despite some good aspects of his game, we have been looking for a solid defender to partner Verts.

If we do get MM, then we would have Walker, Naughton, Fredericks, Yedlin, Davies, Rose, BAE, Fryers ,Verts, MM, Dier, Dawson, Kaboul, Vlad, and Veljkovic. I can see at least 4 of Dawson, Kaboul, Vlad and Naughton and BAE, leaving us with 2 players for each position Dier also covering RB and Fryers covering LB/CB if needed. The question is who to sell.

Kaboul is injury prone, so if Napoli or anyone else is willing to pay anything over 5m, I would take it. He is also a big earner. I don’t see Vlad staying to be 3rd choice and he will have good resale value. If we can get our money back on him, it would make sense to sell him. That leaves Dawson. Most of us want him out, solely based on his football ability, not his personality. But, he seems reluctant to go and due his testimonial next year. If he were to accept being 4th choice, then on a wet Tuesday cup night in Stoke etc, he could still do a job for a year allowing Veljkovic to develop into the first squad.

It seems like Pocho teams will be 4-2-3-1. Capoue, Sandro, Holtby, Dembele, Paulinho, Chadli, Lamela, Lennon, Townsend, Eriksen, Benteleb, Carroll. 12 players fighting for 10 places but not a balanced midfield by any means. Who goes is down to how MP sees what each player brings to the team. He might deem Sandro as expendable if Capoue, Holtby and Benteleb can anchor the midfield. Paulinho is the high profile name here and based on last season/WC, where does he fit into this team ahead of Eriksen? Leaving the 2 wide attacking players. Lennon, Lamela, Townsend and Chadli. Lamela is nailed on to be a starter, so hoping that Eriksen is not played on the left or right, that would leave Dembele, Paulinho without a natural starting place.

Up front Ade, Soldado and Kane. With African Nations this year, we might lose Ade for some games leaving just Soldado and Kane. A striker is needed? I would sell Ade if someone made an offer. He has rarely been at one club for so long and we know motivation is a problem for him. Bony is ideal to lead the line but he will also miss some games due to ACN.

With MP still looking to bring in Musacchio, Schneiderlin and Yedlin and possibly a striker adding to our already overgrown squad, there is definitely need to get rid of a few players. If we do bring in those players, then I can see Naughton, Kaboul, Vlad, BAE, Paulinho, Dembele, Chadli and Ade as players under threat. As ever, I welcome your opinion on who looks surplus to requirements.

Written by vicspur