I donít think thereís an argument to say our recruitment has been anything but poor myself.
Even with brands at the helm, itís been substandard. The summer of gbamin, kean, iwobi, Gomes and Delph really set us back and I have no faith in him or Carlo making the right calls in the summer if Iím being honest.
Yes, it's been really poor. Some will probably suggest that we're wallowing in misery, but I honestly think of it as looking the truth in the face, and seeing if we can learn from our mistakes and improve dramatically in the future.
Gbamin is just hugely unlucky, so I wouldn't include that in any of our issues.
Gomes, Iwobi and Delph are shocking buys, with foresight, midsight and hindsight. Just a terrible misuse of our resources.
Iwobi in particular. I recognise the lad has talent, but the recruitment process was so utterly dreadful. We literally pursued Zaha for a while, as a Moshiri vanity signing - then when it became clear that Palace weren't budging, we panicked right at the end of the window and bought someone with maybe vaguely similar characteristics (although not really). That is dreadful. You have a DoF to avoid doing stupid things like that.
Also, Moise Kean was bought to improve our forward options right now. Yes, in the future, but also in the here and now. And yes, we might eventually make some profit on him, but we've still been a £30m player short in the forward areas, so that has to go down as another failure.
Last summer's buys were a mixed bag. James was worth it. Doucoure has overall proved his worth (although it's not a longterm buy). Allan - good player, but I think you'd have to say it's not been a dramatic success and it's clearly not a longterm one again, and Godfrey looks a decent buy.
Marcel Brands and his team really need to deliver this summer. The jury is very much out. That is not relentless negativity. That's half a billion quid spent on transfers (not all by Brands obviously).