the pink palermo wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:45 am
I would however listen to offers for
Pinky - I have highlighted these 2 above. During the summer, we were linked with 3, 4 or maybe even 5 LBs yet we never signed any of them. We decided to award both the above players new long term lucrative contracts. By my reckoning, we should have known that MP wouldn't see out the season. This was clearly a position that MP thought needed upgrading hence why we were allegedly scouting a number of potential replacements.
If we add in Zaba's new contract and the failure to replace Obiang it is abundantly clear that Sullivan was setting him up to fail.
The thing is though, why wait until he did to get rid ? What benefit was there to hang him out to dry but delay the inevitable. As much as MP had his faults, I am sure he had a vision of who he wanted to play for us and how he wanted us to play and clearly that didn't involve Arthur, Cresswell or Obiang and he wanted them replaced.
If anything, I reckon the signing that has done for us is Haller. £45m if the reports are to be believed and it crippled his budget. If we had bought a £20m striker, we could have bought that elusive midfielder we all crave and maybe had enough for a young LB.
To get back to your original email though, it is on Sullivan just how poor a squad we have. It is sad that we would be including the likes of Diop and Lanzini in the "up for offer" category cos I firmly believe that under the right management and within the right squad, these are 2 of the players we should be holding on to. Those 2 along with Fornals, Rice, Anderson and Antonio (when fit) are some of the most talented individuals in the league and if joined by sensible (not expensive) teammates could form an exciting team.
Depending on who we bring in, I suspect that we may just have enough to stay up however I have no clue how we make as many changes are required in one summer window. Safe to say it will be a test on Moyes and safe to say he won't be given the tools required either. As history with Obiang proves, even if he is promised "X" budget and the proceeds from any sales, the chances are he won't be.