What Is Available For The Next Manager?
What is available for our new Manager?
Two experienced keepers - Given and Marshall and a product of the youth set up Siegrist (may need looking at)
Two right backs - Hutton and Lichaj (both capable players)
Two left backs - Warnock who is solid and unknown Enda Stevens (not the greatest area of concern)
Four centre halves - Dunne and Collins and also Clarke and Baker (not the greatest area of concern)
Five central midfielders - Bannan, Herd, Delph, Ireland and Gardner (last season will have matured them enormously but that is lightweight) + Makoun. What is happening there?
Wide right - N'Zogbia, Albrighton, Carruthers (More than enough)
Wide left - errrmmm
Forwards - Delfouneso, Weimann, Gabby and Bent (we need another option I believe)
In terms of numbers that 23 should be OK for the first half of a season that doesn't involve Europe. There are players that can adapt to a range of positions to help give the team balance.
We are not in a position to sell anyone and anyone of the mind to sell Bent to improve other areas needs seeing to by men in white coats. When you have a goalscorer you hang onto them for dear life and get in the players to provide the chances. No point in getting rid to find players to create chances only to find you have no one to convert them.
It is obvious to all that there are areas that would need to be addressed immediately. It seems that the new man isn't going to be allowed to spend in the way that MON was and it is important that he identifies and spends any money on the areas with the most urgent need.
We probably need extra cover for Given.
We definitely need some attention in Midfield and maybe McMuppet identifying Karl Henry was not a bad thought. Right idea possibly but not enough quality imho.
We need a left sided specialist. How mad is that in that in recent years we have let go Barry, Downing and Young!!!
I believe we need an alternative strike option. A Carew, Dublin type of player.
And that as I see it should be suffice for a reasonable, if unspectacular season. Maybe the new man could even work with that squad and produce over and above what was expected.
It is not all doom and gloom. There is plenty there to work with. International Captains and leaders, a goal scorer of the highest quality, youth and endeavor. If you had compared that squad with Swansea or Norwich last season, you would have thought it more than capable of finishing above them.
Put the right man in place. Show him a little confidence with the money and in a season or two we could be Champions again. It is all to do with belief.
And before anyone comes on to criticise any of the players please read the article on positivity ( Time to be Positive!! )
. We are trying to attract a new manager, not put them off before they have even looked at the club.
The 19th Minute