bubbles1966 wrote:We will need to rebalance in January - we have too many forwards and are lacking in quality at CM and numbers at CB (unless Winston is fit).
I'd be looking at >30's in the squad to move on.
It's only been 4 games in (including Cup game) and it is already obvious where we are short in the squad and what positions we need to add to in the next 2 windows.
Without even losing any more players we need:
- a centre half
- a central/defensive midfielder,
- and depending on where we see Masuaku long term either a new left back, or player to play on the left. As Antonio is the only one who can play there.
Unless I am mistaken the following players (according to transfer markt) are out of contract next summer, so perhaps we could try and shift some of these in Janaury:
- Andy Carrol (thank god!),
- Declan Rice,
- Pablo Zabaleta,
- Josh Cullen.
I am sure Rice will be offered a new contract and maybe Zabaleta too as Pellers likes and trusts him. But I will be shocked if Carroll, Adrian and Cullen will be here next season.
And I expect the following players will either be looking for a move, or Pellers will be looking to shift too:
- Reece Oxford,
- Winston Reid,
- Pedro Obiang,
- Jordan Hugill,
- Sam Byram,
- Toni Martinez,
- Edmilson Fernandes,
- Javier Hernandez.
And I wouldn't rule out: Ogbonna, Antonio, Cresswell either.
So this leaves us potentially with the following squad next summer, should we still be in the Premier League:
GK: Fabianski / ? / Trott
RB: Fredericks / ?
CH: Diop / Balbuena / Rice / ?
LB: Masuaku / ?
CM: Sanchez / Noble / Wilshere / ?
AM: Anderson / Lanzini
RM: Yarmalenko / Snodgrass
LM: ? / Holland
ST: Arnautovic / ? / Perez
So we will potentially need:
- GK (preferably a younger upgrade to push Fabianski to the bench),
- RB (IF Zabaleta doesn't get a new contract),
- CM/DM (I would even look for 2 let alone 1),
If my predictions come true, looks like next summer will still be just as busy as the window we just had!