Player Valuation: £70m
Every team needs a balance of agesEveryone will have different views. It's an inexact science. I suppose I am always a bit more partial to players who have done well out on loan, whereas others (such as @Eggs ) makes a fair point that lads going out on loan are often because they are surplus to plans and therefore less likely to come back.
It is not easy to predict as the questions are qualitatively different in each category. The question around say Vlasic still being here is a fundamentally different one to say an Astley making the grade.
I think there's a fair number amongst us who want to see us embrace being a young squad, and almost adopt a Germanic approach. It's difficult though because Silva will understandably say when we were getting hammered at Millwall or Southampton or against Wolves there was very little sympathy from the fans then about the fact we were playing a young team. His primary responsibility is to put teams out that can win.
I think the above team is very much a best case scenario that they all keep developing toward the upper end of what is expected.
If you have 2 players in every age bracket from 19-32 that give you a squad of 28.
You don't want a squad of old players or a squad of kids.
You will win nothing with kids.