Williams - He's been poor and he's not going to improve.
Rooney - Harsh because he's played an important role this season but he's on big wages and there's a firm offer on the table.
Funes Mori - He's so rash and unpredictable that I just can't get behind him. You could argue that he deserves a chance under a new manager but I don't think he's worth the fuss.
Robles - Contract expiring. No reason to renew.
Besic - He will almost certainly be wanted by Boro so it should be an easy sale. Again, you could argue that he deserves a chance under a new manager but I don't think he offers enough on the ball to be worth it.
Mirallas - No sane club should want him but someone will inevitably talk themselves into it.If Possible
Martina - He did a solid job in difficult circumstances this season but he's plainly not good enough for this level. I really can't see anybody buying him, unfortunately.
McCarthy - I don't see a way back into the team for him, especially as our biggest need in midfield is extra quality on the ball. Unlikely to be sold coming off a major injury, though.
Garbutt - Zero use to us but I can't imagine anybody would want him given the wage he's on.After Being Evaluated By New Manager
Schneiderlin - I think there's a chance the new manager will be able to use him but if not, he's a prime candidate to be sold.
Bolasie - I'm not a fan but I'm open to the possibility that he'll have some utility to the new boss.
Klaassen - He's been professional in difficult circumstances. Hopefully, he can show what he's about in a set-up more amenable to his style. Should be easy to unload if we decide he's not needed.
Sandro - If he's even willing to return. I have my reservations (https://differentgame.wordpress.com/2017/07/04/the-data-scout-sandro-ramirez/
) but I can also see someone like Silva improving his attacking positioning him and helping him become the goalscorer we thought he was at Malaga. Should be an easy sale if he goes.Sell If You Can Upgrade
Niasse - This is tough because I absolutely love what he brings off the bench. Still, he's ill-suited to starting matches and the squad would probably be better off with another forward who can challenge Calvert-Lewin and Tosun for starts. (And we absolutely don't need four centre forwards on our books.)Incoming
Any incomings players should be age 25 or younger. This squad is old and we're not close to winning anything. We shouldn't do anything that might hamstring us in the near future.
Also, I've tried to "bring in" as few players as possible because I'm wary of too much upheaval given changes at the top of the club, a shortened pre-season due to the World Cup, and what happened last summer.No Matter What
CM - Anyone who helps us progress the ball into the final third, either through passing or dribbling. We don't get the ball into attacking positions enough and that's the #1 thing that needs to change going into next season.
LB - Someone with genuine creative ability to replace Baines (who should be retained as a reliable cover/rotation option)
CB - A strong defender, preferably comfortable on the left side of defense, to replace Jagielka (who, again, should be retained as reliable cover)If The Right Player Is Available
CF - It's only worth it if we get an opportunity to sign someone with genuine quality or obvious potential (like Tammy Abraham, who's coming off a poor year for a horrible attacking side but is still a serious prospect). Centre forwards are expensive and the vast majority of them aren't worth the fuss.It Depends
CM - If we sell enough midfielders, we may need someone extra.
RW/LW - There are a lot of factors here. Are we selling Bolasie and/or Sandro? Is Onyekuru going on loan? Do we think we can cover these positions with Sigurdsson/Sandro/Lookman/Vlasic? Is a big talent like Lozano available? So yeah, no clue.