funky chicken wrote:
IMO you can never have too much of a big squad. As long as you have good strength in depth and good enough quality.
It'll give some of our injury prone players a better chance of not picking up as much injuries as they'll either struggle to make the line-up, or not wont have to play as many games anyway.
Plus it'll hopefully encourage our players to not let our standards drop, as if they do a player is waiting in their wings to take their place. Like last season when Yarmalenko picked up his injury, when Antonio wasn't playing well Diangana overtook him, played well and Antonio all of a sudden upped his game.
Less players will also have to play out of position too like we saw under all our previous managers. Minus 2-3 matches last season when Antonio had to play rightback we never really had to play any players out of position. Even with all our injuries.
The only players we should be looking to shift are:
- players who were loaned out last season, as none of them minus maybe Cullen didn't do particularly well and we,didn't miss any of them anyway;
- players that are past their sell by date (e.g. Cresswell & Zabaleta);
- players who don't suit the formations Pellers plays (e.g. Hernandez);
- players who are not good enough and can be upgraded on (I.e. Sanchez).
This is were i disagree, if you look at wolves last season and burnley 2 years age they operate on much smaller sizes. Its better for squad progression harmony and morale, we only have a guarantee 40 games a season you don't need a squad of 28 to cover
- > Its cheaper if we sold Sanchez Obiang Reid that would save nearly 180k which equates to 9.3 million a year
-> Rotation worries -> realistically sanchez is our 5th choice central midfielder how many games will he get 8 maybe? do you think he would be training his hardest knowing he is not got a good chance of playing for the first team, the manager will have to consider giving him games to keep him happy
-> Youngster -> if sanchez is 5th choice then Cullen is 6th thats makes Coventry 7th choice meaning he is not going to play in cup games or get a chance through injury's, we all moan about no youngsters coming through but their is no room for them, as you alluded too, when we had injuries last year the youngsters stepped up e.g. Johnson and Diangana
-> Wage Structure. Currenly one of our highest paid player is not in our first choice 11 in Hernandez, Sanchez is on 70k the same as Haller and nearly double Rice, how does this look to the other players to motivate them to succeed at this club
-> Injuries -> 6 long term injuries is highly unlikely, yes Wilshere Yarmalenko and ried have long term injury problems its unlikely we will have back-to-back years topping our faviourite league table, the injury table
Big squads cost money but have little output if i am right that sanchez will play only 8 games next season that will cost nearly 500k per appearance, if we have a smaller squad we can pay our starters more money or have a larger transfer budget giving opportunities for younger players.