Building for the future?
Exciting times are ahead. We are actually building a squad and it is a young evolving squad, a squad with progression and which could play together for the next 4-5 seasons without major changes.
We needed cover at LB and signing Fryers may turn out to be a move of genius. If BAE stays, we have a first choice LB and a young talented player ready to cover/challenge. At RB, we have Walker, 22, as the No.1 with Naughton, 24, who looks like he is getting better every game ready to cover/challenge.
Central defenders, first choice Vertonghen is still 25 and Kaboul has just turned 27, Caulker, at 21, ready and waiting to challenge. Lloris has just turned 26. In midfield Dembele, 25, and Sandro 23 have already been described as the best midfield pairing in the Prem. Parker provides the old head/experience card and young Tom Carroll might not be ready yet, but he is another young talented player waiting in the wings.
Speaking of wings, Bale is still 22 and amazing to think Lennon has been with for 7 seasons now and still only 25. Townsend might not be good enough to challenge Bale and Lennon, but I think with more game time he has the talent to get a lot better and he fits into the system we play with pacy wingers. Glyfi is only 22.
We still have Hudd (26), Bentley (28), and the old heads like BAE (29 in March), Dawson (29), Parker (32) , Gallas (35), Defoe (30), Dempsey (30), Jenas (30 next month) and Adebayor (29 next month). It would be very tempting to cash in on Dawson or BAE if we got a big bid for either and depending if we could sign replacements.
It is not hard to see where we need to replace or compliment the team/squad. We need a striker, there is no doubt about that. We won't get Llorente but breaking the bank for Damaio does not seem like much of a risk to me. As with Moutinho, 3rd party ownership will make it a hugely difficult deal. Cover for Bale and Lennon, cover for Sandro/Dembele and depending if Dawson is sold, cover for central defence.
Holtby on a free for next season shows we are looking for and getting young exciting players and on a free appears great business. The rumours about Will.i.an and Moutino are still there, but money will dictate these deals. The rumours that interests me is M'Vila and Moussa Sissoko. Both are powerful box to box players and would form a monstrous partnership with Sandro. This would allow Dembele to play further forward where I think his skill and vision will be even better utilised.
AVB deserves credit for the way he has gone quietly about his work, and we are building a squad with talent and youth coming through. I think we are only a few quality signings away from a title challenge. Does a younger coach equate to a younger squad or does Levy also deserve credit for this squad?? Levy was right not to let Harry have the chequebook, lets hope he backs AVB.
Written by vicspur