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Hardly a knee jerk, I'm afraid mate. I'm not talking about more expansive football leading to more vulnerability at the back, or a lack of match fitness, look at our defence since Lescott left. It has never been right. Distin is not what Lescott was and Jagielka, post-injury, is a shadow of his former self. Stones is definitely promising but we cannot be relying on either him or Duffy as a first-teamer. And Alcaraz is injury-prone and not a top-level player.
I'm surprised at the person on here who said centre back is our strongest area. If we get Eto'o, we will have Eto'o, Lukaku & Kone up front as centre forwards and the likes or Mirallas and Naismith who could operate there as auxiliary forwards (granted, that's not ideal). We have four holding midfielders in Besic, Barry, Gibson and McCarthy and we have five recognised wingers in Mirallas, Atsu, Pienaar, McGeady and Oviedo (despite Martinez saying he sees Pienaar as more of a central player etc.) The squad just seems unbalanced in parts.
Surely you have to sort your first team out first. Our first team is fine, except for centre-half. But now we looking at getting Eto'o in on Gods-knows-how-much and maybe even Welbeck or Hernandez?! And people would be happy with that? Four out-and-out strikers when we play one up front but not a top centre-half in sight.
I would be delighted with our business this season if he had a centre-half but obviously I'm duty-bound to reserve judgement until the close of the transfer window. Either Martinez will address this, he has blind faith in Jagielka & Distin, or he is going to promote John Stones permanently even if his development sets us back slightly in the early months.