thejackhammer wrote:It's not sustainable to think we can have a first team ready back up for every player in case of injury.
Antonio is plenty decent enough as cover for Haller, we shouldn't go and drop money on a striker just in case he gets injured. Same goes for Rice, we can't spend big money on a backup that will probably not play.
Sanchez is okay as back up, we can adjust the formation if Rice does go down but he wasnt injured at all last season and Haller and Fornals have good injury records too.
I don't care what the spend is. I just want bodies in as I think we're too light.
I don't think Antonio is a good deputy for Haller. Again it's been alluded to on here that MP doesn't have a Plan B, so the personnel essentially needs to be a similar style; for Haller I see the need for someone to hold it up, bring people into play and also score. Antonio doesn't do that for us.
I'd like to see someone brought in who can and therefore leave Antonio in his best position for us where he can cause the opposition the most threat.
As for Rice, we need someone to alleviate the pressure. He's still young, he's got a great head on his shoulders, but if he hits bad form (and he will), are we going to ask him to play through it? Are we confident Sanchez will be able to deputise efficiently?
Our midfield is so soft it's a huge worry for me.