Do we need that added competition for places if we don't have the extra games? If we're only playing in the domestic competitions, are there enough minutes to keep everyone happy? I mean, that drop from Walcott to Bolasie is actually a fair bit better than most teams have.
Will we be able to attract the players needed to compete with the bigger clubs in the PL if we don't have Europa League? Say Leicester finish ahead of us in 7th, why exactly would a player choose to come to us over them? On the other side of things, I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest playing the tougher Europa League games more regularly would actually leave us better prepared for games against the top 6.
Agree with these.
These are all solid points.
On the playing time issue, do you think players if they are only playing in the EL see that as equal time to playing in the PL? I take your point in general more games, particularly for up and coming players is beneficial. I suppose overall I’m saying I want to make sure we can walk before we try to run. Get a starting XI right, which I think we’re still a a few players away from, get a solid bench that gives you options. We should have enough domestic games to keep 18-20 players happy.
As to why Leicester or us, probably only money right now. I doubt in general think the EL is anything like the pull the CL is though, it’s a nicety.