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  1. I think we're going to be alright retaining our players. I'm expecting Maguire to stay and be handed the captain's armband. We might get interest from other clubs admittedly but this might be enough to sway him to stick around. With respect to the other players, Chilwell might get interest but we've room to offer him a bigger contract with the drop in wages, Maddy I don't think is ready to be called on by a bigger team at this point and Periera we can do the same as he is ready to be poached by a bigger team to be fair. We should hold out, the club citing to the players they need this year to not lose anyone as they've such a job to rebuild this year. The new training ground might sway opinion on the future of the club and the players part in that and of course so might the signings we make. Whether Puel is around for that I don't know. I do understand the issues he faces with clubs parking the bus and us (hopefully till today) not having a midfielder who could run the show in those situations. I believe he prioritized correctly with the players he bought (Ghezzel yet to be seen). It's been a season of disheartening results but we've had some amazing surprises too. If we do decide to change direction with the manager depends on the rest of the season, we now have no excuses, we've got the squad he wants, play on...
  2. We've 4 guys going out, Shinji, Fuchs, Simpson and I'd better be unsurprised by Wes going too... 2 full backs that we don't seem to have the youth the step up immediately to replace those leaving, no major issue with the CB situation thankfully but the striker issue is massive and potentially going to cos us dear in £s as it's already compounded by us being short a man already. Then we need a jiggle to juggle the midfield. All bets are off on Tielemans being affordable If he can perform in this team (fingers crossed in the short-term), though I really do believe our training ground can help us pull the player if we can get past the signing cost of the transfer fee. Again though, it's probably going to be about signing 2 CM's If we can shift Silva (unless by a miracle he turns good in Monaco) and James... if he stays fit. Then a right winger perhaps, Ghazzel perhaps gets the time to adapt but, crikey, you see the lad run? At full stretch he isn't exactly going to scare too many types and... well, I'm biased is the short of it, I just don't think he's all that nor will he be. So, the potential list is: 2 full backs, one for either side... maybe just the left to be fair to Amarty. 2 CM's 2 forward players, a 9 and 10 A winger potentially Financially we're clearing a fair bit off the books in wages, those 4 out of contract... 200k? 250k? We will have... 80m for new players? Maybe optimistic but I think we need all the dollars possible for this summer. Who do we get? Youth? A mix with a key bit of experience? In what positions? What second division leagues in europe have a stand out player we can poach? While we most likely won't be able to afford Loftus Cheekiness as that's probably our budget (unless we can pay in instalments), what player would you go all out for? In my mind we're 3 players from being next level, playing in 7th and pushing for 6th, as admittedly are others... how do we beat them?
  3. If you were to ask a player to work on one aspect of their game, what would it be? I'd ask Ndidi to work on his composure on the ball in zonal marking situations when quick tempo passing his way over the first player, too many dinks over players went astray today. Often the cause of turnover of the ball when instead it could break out with a accurate pass and keep things going. I love what he does when we want the ball however.
  4. I think we're at the point where we need to start signing the next level of players in a few important places. It's obvious we're a good team, we're holding our own in the premiership under the toughest of recent circumstances with the second youngest team on average in the league. The players are a credit to our club, I'm proud of the way they've handled themselves on and off the pitch. Sentiments aside, we are missing out on the... Mahrez/Drinkwater effect, most notably in the centre of the park, the player able to split a defence with a 40 yard pass, to find a player after going around two opposing players from the middle of the pitch, someone able to do that special something from a seemingly impossible position. Two almost purely defensive players is too much, we need an upgrade in skillset to include more than the ability to win the ball back and pass it on to the wings. Whilst I think we can all forgive whatever position in the table we finish this year as long as we stay up, maybe we can still find that player (players?!) this winter transfer window. Recent tragedies hopefully won't stop ambition. We've players to sell on or loan if the former doesn't work out, obviously we've a bloated roster of midfielders and it's an issue we can only pray the club can resolve soon. There are options, some wonderfully ambitious suggestions have already been mentioned on here, I'd give multiple limbs for Loftus Cheek to come here for instance. There are other positions of course we're going to have to sort out, LB needs either cover at some point, perhaps a winger of quality. I think midfield is our problem though... Any ideas on who that'd be?
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