Is selling Gallas a risk worth taking?
With rumours continuing that William Gallas could be leaving, and probably to QPR, I just wondered if we see this as a sensible move in the middle of a busy season?
Obviously there could be plenty of issues that we know nothing about, such as Harry paying stupid money for a player that is out of contract, forcing either Levy or Gallas to push for the exit door, however with Younes Kaboul still several weeks away from fitness and even then there is no guarantee he will last the season or not break down again quickly. Is leaving ourselves with three experienced centre halves sensible, unless we are looking to sell one and replace him with another.
I would agree with many that Gallas is not a player I would currently have as my first choice, as I feel that a fit Kaboul, improving Caulker and outstanding Vertonghen are definitely better, whilst Dawson offers differing qualities, but for me is at least as effective and is a better long term option and may also be in a better position to leave in the summer, when it is clearer who is or isn't safe.
Last season we left ourselves a little short in not buying quality additions, but we could just as easily do the same, just by selling or releasing players such as Gallas, who offer experience and decent quality, even if it only remains as cover and 5th choice for our centre of defence. We might get a few quid for his early release or just get him off of the wage bill, but would we be better to play safe and retain him as a just in case option, especially with our still looking to succeed in the Europa league.
AVB may well feel we have enough players to cover or we may have someone lined up or just need to open a space for new players, but the last thing we want to do is leave us short in areas and regret moving on a player, just to make or save what could seem pretty insignificant money if we were to ultimately miss out on a top four place as a result of lacking players in the right places...