There was a wee bit of analysis on the present failings of the team following the disappointing loss yesterday. Talk inevitably skirted on potential team-changing transfers, but we didn’t get that deep into it.
First and foremost, I reckon we need a strong right back to keep Cedric on his toes. Martina doesn’t look to be it right now, and while I think both players can improve, they won’t improve each other.
Caulker just hasn’t worked. Anyone questioning the wisdom of that deal was correct to do so. We haven’t looked reliable with him in the side. We need better defensive options, and despite him being a good servant, we really need to improve on Yoshida too.
I like much of the midfield. Davis has been good this year, Romeu has been fairly solid and Clasie has the potential to be a great player, even if he hasn’t found consistency in this league yet. If we get a fantastic offer in for Vic and have a black box replacement that Paul Mitchell hasn’t nicked, then I think we need to consider offloading him too. No-one seems to know where his head is at this year, and he could be worth more to us as funds to buy someone committed to the cause.
Juanmi hasn’t done it either. Possibly the kind of player to flourish in a second season, and the outlay means there is nowhere near as much pressure on him, but he’s not doing what RK is presumably bringing him on to do; change the outcome of games.
What do we think we need? I know it’s bloody difficult, because January is never a good time to buy, and no-one knows how the Premier League will end this season. Assuming the target is still qualification for Europe via league position though, I think we need more.