funky chicken wrote:
Absolutely nothing, zip, zilch justifies signing Medel over Sanchez. It's still the same problem. Another aging player that will put us in the same predicament the next summer or 2 when we will need to sign another one. And IF god forbid Rice leaves in either this window or the next having just an aging midfielder to come in for him isn't exactly the best position to be in.
Just go in for a young gem from abroad, or someone like Isaac Hayden who is a lot younger (24), will be on cheaper wages, more likely to stick around for longer, oh and would take a bit of weight off our shoulders should we lose Rice.
Two different situations there though that will have different solutions. The likes of Sanchez or Medel are players that can temporarily stand in for Rice should he be injured, or they're maybe experienced players to bring on near the end of a match to close the game out. The justification is simply that Medel is better than Sanchez (imo). I'd go as far as saying much better.
Losing Rice to another team on the other hand... I'd be surprised if Pellegrini hasn't already sounded out players that could replace him. That would be the wise thing to do. You never know what might happen. If we sell Rice then it won't be Medel that's replacing him. Medel would still be backup to whichever other player we brought in as Rices replacement.
As it stands, we have limited funds and a big chunk of it looks to be going on a bid for Gomez. As much as I'd love us to sign Hayden, how much is he going to cost? English, highly rated, young... Can we justify spending such a big chunk of the remaining funds on a backup player?
The mistake we made with Sanchez wasn't that he was ageing... it was that he wasn't very good (again imo)