Player Valuation: £10m
Once upon a time we used to have 3 LB and one RB.
Now we have 3 RB and one LB
Now we have 3 RB and one LB
We have no idea how good that defence is to be honest. Myko is an unknown quantity. Rangers' reserve right back has a lot to prove. Branthwaite definitely shows a lot of potential but we can only hope that he fulfills it. Godfrey hasn't looked great this season, has a number of flaws and isn't a kid anymore.I don't agree at all. I am far from being a Benitez (or a kneejerk @davek) supporter.
But if I look through the team we are getting a core of decent players at decent ages:
Forwards: Gordon, Gray, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Defence: Mykolenko, Godfrey, Branthwaite, Patterson
Pickford is at a good age and standard, so the need is arguably in midfield. We have a fairly mediocre stack of aging average PL players there. And if we pick up a loan or a transfer to take us through to the next window then we are doing a decent job in reshaping the team from one including too many overpaid and overrated older players.
Tbh, I'm relatively OK about Digne being the financial price to pay for that reshaping. (And I don't think he would be particularly unhappy about a move.)
(Added: omitted Godfrey)
Delph, Tosun, Kenny and Sigurdsson. Begovic and Lonergan too but it's a safe bet Begovic at least will be kept on, if not both.Oh I don’t believe we have any popular players really
Was just wondering who among them will be out the door this summer
I know it has been said before but when you lay it out like that it really exposes how poor our recruitment strategy has been overall despite having spent a lot.Manager : Frank Lampard
Jordan Pickford (HG)
Asmir Begović (HG)
Andy Lonergan (HG)
Right Backs (3)
Jonjoe Kenny (HG)
Nathan Patterson (UA)
Left Backs (1)
Centre Backs (5)
Michael Keane (HG)
Mason Holgate (HG)
Ben Godfrey (HG)
Jarrad Branthwaite (UA)
Tom Davies (HG)
Fabian Delph (HG)
Wide Forwards (6)
Andros Townsend (HG)
Demarai Gray (HG)
Anwar El Ghazi
Anthony Gordon (UA)
Alex Iwobi (HG)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (HG)
Total players: 27
Players purchased so far: 8
Begovic, Townsend, Gray, Lonergan, Rondon, Patterson, Myko, El Ghazi(loan)
Players culled so far: 7
Bernard, Virginia(Loan), Kean(Loan), Nkounkou(Loan), James, Number 10, Digne
Non-HG players: 11
Homegrown players: 13
UnderAge players: 3
GKI know it has been said before but when you lay it out like that it really exposes how poor our recruitment strategy has been overall despite having spent a lot.
About to cook dinner but tomorrow might check out our squad when Moyes left/Martinez joined for comparison by position.
Thanks for doing the legwork.GK
Thats 7 years ago, 2015.
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