STARTING LINE UP
I would like the following:
Bench of: Steklenberg, Jagielka, Holgate, Angelińo, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, LookmanTRANSFERS IN AND WHO I'D KEEP
Not really sure what players we will get, the ones we don't have are just examples. But I'd like to see us sign:
- Back Up Left back - ready to replace Baines (Fabra might be a bad example, know little about him, would love Chilwell and we've been linked with Angelińo)
- Centre back to partner Keane (hopefully Keane comes good next season)
- Defensive Midfielder
- Left Winger (Lozano, Kluivert, Brahimi, etc - or put trust in Lookman and don't sign anyone)
They IMO are the essentials. Bonus signings would be a player like Maddison to put pressure on Sigurdsson but not as essential, another centre back and a better striker than Tosun if they were to come available. I'd like us to have a punt on Andre Silva, he's not gone bad overnight and if Huddersfield are in for him that would suggest he's more than obtainable and the right age.
We also will probably need a box-to-box midfielder to play the Marco Silva way, if available I'd love to see us sign Marcelo Brozovic, but doubt he's obtainable.
The rest of the squad I'd keep the following:
Davy Klaassen (would like to see him given a chance)
Mateusz HeweltTRANSFERS OUT
And try to sell/loan/get as many as off the wage budget of the following:
Ramiro Funes Mori
Kieran Dowell (LOAN)
Brendan Galloway (LOAN)
Matthew Pennington (LOAN)
Henry Onyekuru (LOAN)
This would leave us with a squad of 22. With room for more and any stragglers. The obvious problem is how do you shift 11 senior players all at once? It's going to be tough.
MY SEMI-REALISTIC DREAM SCENARIO
My attempt at a realistic dream squad (it's not realistic really) at the end of the window would be as follows (25 players, probably still too many with no Europe):
I think it's going to be an exciting summer.