Thats your opinion, I think we seem to be happy to write this season off as transition and seem to think thats acceptable. You need to evaluate every situation and transfer on its merits, would Moutinho get into our team, id argue 100% yes as he may be 30 plus but its also about quality and hes better than our current CM options. And how many summers are we going to say 'if we have to take steps back', or 'this is a transition year' its about time we started taking steps forward
People go on about trimming the 1st team squad like its miles over what anyone else has, for reference Man C have 45 players, United 38, Arsenal 34, Chelsea 39, Liverpool 38, Spurs 36 and Everton now have 32 with Klaassen gone. But even with their bigger squads did that stop any of them preparing to the best of their abilities for the coming season, when for example, Liverpool signed 150 millions worth of talent that has made them exponentially better than they were, no it didnt, they will now start offloading what they dont need whilst also giving themselves the best chance of bedding in.
You can add Leicester, Watford and West Ham to clubs running 30 plus squads, there’s proably more, in fact I wouldn’t be a surprise if a couple of the newly promoted teams had squads of 30 plus.
It’s a bit of a red herring this squad size talk, most clubs have these size numbers. The problem we’ve got is we’re drastically over paying useless wasters like Williams, Sandro, Mirallas who offer nothing at all for the money they earn. We could dispense of 8-10 players from the list and they’d not make a blind bit of difference to how competitive we are or the wage bill. Who’d miss a 22 year old goalkeeper who’s never even been part of a match day squad? Or a 21 year old who’s not played a competitive game for us in the last 2 years?
If anything the numbers of players that have been brought in is probably slightly down on most considering about 30% of this squad are below 22 with less than a handful of top flight games to their names and who’s careers could still go either way.