I donít think we have, but is there any danger weíve done the same as last summer?
I mean, if anyone was going to say yes, it was always likely to be either Kramer or me.
I think there is a risk whenever you bring in half a team of new signings, but I think that risk has been mitigated a lot by forethought. Richarlison is obviously a good fit for Silva's system. Given Silva's reliance on wing play, I suspect Bernard will be too. Digne at least has the required energy and experience of playing in systems similar to Silva, even if maybe there are question marks (based on the numbers at least) over how much he'll contribute to our build up. I'm not going to pretend I've seen anything much of Mina, but from I've read it sounds like he's got experience of playing well in similar systems too.
I think there are definitely questions to be asked about 'value for money'. I still don't think we should pretend that costs don't matter - money's a finite resource and anything we waste now affects our ability to improve in the future in multiple ways.
That said, I'm not sure we've wasted an awful lot of money on any of our signings. I suspect we've definitely paid more than maybe we 'should' have for Richarlison and Mina because of their Premier League/World Cup premium. But I'm less militant about that too than I was last season. If they're the best possible possible fits we can get to fill those positions in this system, then I'm okay with it. Digne is probably the one signing we've made where there's possibly a decent argument that analyticsy type scouting could come up with cheaper options.
As for Gomes (and Zouma if confirmed), they obviously fill gaps where we don't have senior players. I wouldn't have minded us giving that game time to our youth players personally, but that's horses for courses. If Silva/Brands don't think Dowell/Davies and Holgate are ever going to be good enough, so be it.
I think it's been a good window though. We've only bought young. We've only bought players only in positions of real need. We've only bought players who've shown evidence of doing well in similar systems. Well done Brands and Silva, it's a welcome change.