- Jun 2, 2008
Personally I think Hoever is the second best RB at the club and I wouldn't be worried at all about playing him, even in a major game.This is in no way a kneejerk reaction, but something I have been saying for a while.
1. We don't have a backup RB or a backup LB. Milner getting old, Gomez lack of form, Hoever/Larouci too young. We can't keep playing TAA/Robbo. Else we are looking at fatigue or long time injury. We need to buy. Atleast 1 in Jan.
2. We don't have proper backup to Fab. Despite claiming Hendo/Gini can do a job there.
3. And we don't have an attacking midfielder despite claiming we have in both Ox and Keita. Both injury prone and didn't make the impact they should have for the money we spent. Approx 85m.
4. Though Mo, Mane, Origi and Brewster can do a job in the middle, we don't have any rotation option to our wingers.
So from where I sit, eventhough our first 11 is pretty decent and eventhough our squad is half decent, we don't have the squad to challenge on multiple fronts. I would think about selling Shaq, Keita, Wilson and Grujic. Think of buying cover options for LB, RB, DM, AM, LW and RW. We don't need to splash the cash, but we need to have enough bodies who can atleast get on the pitch and do a decent job.
Larouci isn't ready to support Robertson properly yet so I would support bringing someone in there.
It will be hard to bring in a proper back up for Fabinho, the position is so specialised that I see it as a similar conundrum to the old "Spurs can't buy a striker because no one wants to sit on the bench behind Kane". Well Fabinho is better than almost every other DM and is an immediate starter. As such I don't think Gini/Hendo "doing a job" is too big of a concern.
We don't really use attacking midfielders - we just need to work harder on getting Ox and Keita to perform to their potential. As we have seen over two seasons we can beat 95% of teams without an attacking impetus from midfield.
Agree on the lack of support for the front three. Only Origi and Shaqiri are available and Shaqiri has been out all season with his own injury. We need someone stylistically similar to our current group. Elliott is the closest in style from the Academy but, despite playing well at youth level, he doesn't have enough of a goal threat just yet.
I'd be looking for a versatile attacker and a LB.