Come on lads, it's not quite as black and white as you're making out.
We signed a pair of 29 year olds and a 28 year old who all strolled into our team and instantly turned us into a team (not a squad) capable of duking it out with anyone in the league.
Ok, yes, that's short termism and is no good in 3 or 4 years.
If only we had two 23 year old strikers and a 24 year old defender getting regular game time in a window we also bought a 22 year old centre half and a 19 year old full back.
It's feasible to do both (when the high-earners of yester-year slowly piss off) and that's what we are doing.
If we bring in an Isco or two whilst bringing in another handful of kids with high ceilings - what's the actual problem?
Are we ONLY allowed to improve at some point in the forever shifting future?
I agree and think there is an argument to be made for going against the general market shift towards buying players that have resale value.
I think the value of players like James and Isco has never been lower. Offloading them is hard but necessary for these clubs and yet they are often proven high level performers.
I'm not saying you fill your team with them and certainly there is a risk of that. However, if we can complement that with bringing in some players with high upside for reasonable prices and have good squad planning (young players brought in in the right positions) it can be a successful strategy.
James is likely a top 15-20 player in this league and under most circumstances we would need to pay 60m or more to bring that level of talent in, which we just can't afford to do often enough to build a team that can move us to the next level.
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