Im not arguing with the facts that they want t get our house in order and get the squad size smaller, it makes sense if thats how they want to operate, but in terms of priorities I would have thought it makes sense to worry about whats important and for me thats making sure we are in the best position for the upcoming season.
Our squad is pretty weak and removing excess players isnt going to help those deficiencies, if we dont have an acceptable offer for any other players does than mean we wont go and buy a new left back or centre back? I certainly hope not, as it would be appalling mismanagement, so why have we not given ourselves the best opportunity of success by getting players in early and allowing them to bed in rather than worrying about getting players out?
Even Silva has admitted its not great that he hasn't got players in for pre season etc so im really reiterating his words
I don't think, given the way we're actively trying to sign Mina/Digne, that it's correct to say we're not focusing on bringing in players.
We all agree that it's better to bring in players early. Liverpool, City, United etc have the advantage that they are up there as the first choice for their transfer targets who aren't holding out for better offers.
We're not necessarily the first choice option for Mina or Digne, who might think they could get a decent move to France/Italy instead. Is it right option to hold out or focus on these players? That's another argument, but over a period of a 5 year contract, it's probably wiser to take the hit on this season, rather than take the hit on the next 5 seasons because you're signed a player who's not as good.