Date: 19th January 2013 at 3:31pm
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I always thought the idea of a squad was that you aimed for two players for each position in your 25 with, hopefully, a few who could play more than one position plus a few youngsters coming through.

You then use all these players through the season, managing the squad to cover for injuries and rotating as necessary. Reading the comments on Sandro’s injury I appear to have it wrong. When you get an injury you need to go out and buy another player, the ones you still have aren’t actually meant to play they just make up the numbers. There are a number of questions on this that haven’t been answered by those advocating going into the transfer market.

The first is the usual one, where is the money coming from? I’m assuming we are still going to try and improve the squad where we are genuinly short, up front and out wide, so this is extra spending. The second is where exactly are you going to find a player as good as Sandro? For that matter where are you even going to find a player who’s a significant improvement on Parker? If you can’t sign someone who is a significant upgrade what is the point of throwing money away?

The next question is, assuming you sign someone, what about the players you still have? Livermore could easily move, David Moyes, whose judgement I respect, is apparently keen on signing him. But Parker is going nowhere, no one else is going to pay him £75k a week. He could spend the next 2.5 seasons as a hugely expensive drain on our budget.

Perhaps the most important question is what happens at the start of next season? Lets assume you’ve spent £10-20m buying a player and agreed a contract at say £3.5m a year (same as Holtby). Sandro is now fit and expects his place back, the new player didn’t come to sit on the bench. Problems are virtually guaranteed. Add to that you’ve probably overspent your salary budget meaning cut backs in other positions.

To me you buy new players to replace old ones, as part of a long term plan, not to cover temporary situations. We’ll miss Sandro for the rest of the season but we’ve just got to get on with it.

Written by jod