No there are many great playmakers in the league. Certainly not ones we could sign. Surely then we should attempt to find 1 from elsewhere. Surely amassing proven but not quite up to it makes no sense? I can understand klassen. Maybe we believed he would become a top player. Who thought 27 year old Sigurdsson would improve much or 31 year old rooney. They were just odd signings. Though least rooney was cheap
You can't buy something not available. Young or foreign player takes time to adapt, not obvious ones in PL and we got 2 of players with highest assists still playing, plus young options from abroad.
I think we needed it, I just don't see the solution we missed.
The 'special players' wanted to leave and thats ok, but who is there to replace with? We can't improve every time if options are not better.
More teams offering more money for less options. But ultimately team is good enough, that cries of weak tools is a poor excuse.