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January 04, 2018, 03:28:43 AM
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I think our best side looks something like this. Plausible back-ups in parentheses.

GK: Pickford (Robles, Stekelenburg)
RB: Kenny (Coleman starts when fit)
CB: Holgate (Keane)
CB: Williams (Jagielka)
LB: Martina (Baines starts when fit)
DM: Gana (Schneiderlin, Baningime)
CM: Davies (McCarthy)
CM: Rooney (Barkley if he ever plays again)
LM: Bolasie (Sigurdsson)
CF: Calvert-Lewin (Niasse)
RM: Lennon (Vlasic, Lookman)

I think we can safely get rid of the following:

Mirallas - Should never have been re-signed.
Besic - Needs too much work, won't see enough games to get to an appropriate level.
Robles or Stekelenburg - Not that anybody is interested.

If we get a significant offer, I think we should sell:

Klaassen - I don't see a role for him. He does some clever things in the final third but he's too passive overall. Our midfield struggles during build-ups and I don't think we have room for someone who doesn't really show for the ball.
Schneiderlin - It would be a slight risk w/r/t squad depth but if some PL club is willing to pay good money for a "proven" player, we should take it and run. I was a fan of his in the past but he looks awkward in every configuration we've seen this season.
Sandro - I don't think he's actually a centre forward (https://differentgame.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/the-data-scout-sandro-ramirez/), I don't think Allardyce knows what to do with him, and I don't think he's settled in England at all. There's no shame in making a profit, even though there might be a good player in there.

And we should probably loan Lookman if there's a mid-table Championship club willing to let him play through his mistakes.


Agree with most of that.

I think we can safely get rid of the following:

Mirallas - Should never have been re-signed. - Yep - that was a horrendous piece of business and the only explanation was that we wanted to make him more expensive when we sold him.
Besic - Needs too much work, won't see enough games to get to an appropriate level. - This. Even though it guts me to say it  :'(
Robles or Stekelenburg - Not that anybody is interested.

If we get a significant offer, I think we should sell:


Schneiderlin - Agreed, would rather play Baningime.

Sandro - Disagree. There is still time for this to pan out. The only thing worse than adapting to the Premier League from the La Liga is trying to do it in rare, 10-minute sub appearances, in a totally disjointed side playing shit football.

Klaassen - captain of Europa finalists Ajax in a very young side. Again - still time for this to pan out, but what worries me most is the players around him. Think he would be boss next to a monster like Viera or Yaya Toure but those players are so rare and sought after that unless we've got one coming through the ranks already...


And we should probably loan Lookman if there's a mid-table Championship club willing to let him play through his mistakes. I would say the same of Baningime if we don't shift Schneiderlin this window.

And let's not forget that there will likely be another 3 additions to the squad in the summer - Onyekuru, Dowell and Garbutt.
    

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