bubbles1966 wrote:Carroll needs to effectively become the Jelavic option. The guy from the bench, who starts intermittently. We must forget his wages and fee. It's done.
The interesting thing now is that the squad is almost entirely peak age, even the back up guys, while the reserves have resale/marketable value.
That change in the last couple of seasons has been discernible and should enable us to move into quality rather than quantity signings from the summer.
We must retain our better players.
If they had laid an improvement plan five years ago when Allardyce was appointed, I reckon we would be bang in line with it (as of today) in terms of squad, league position, stadium upgrade,
Have to agree about Carroll.
Obviously he can't be relied upon to stay fit and will have to be used sparingly, if nothing else but just to get him through the season.
Regarding quality / quantity, maybe that's Billic's thinking, have a smaller better quality squad, with the funds available, as per Mourinho, I hate to say!
If this is the case then keeping your players fit is even more the important, something we've not been very good at in recent times.