Personally dont think we need an overhaul. Think a system change is more appropriate with possibly three signings on top.
Would love to see us try a 352 as TAAs clear defensive struggles would be less of a liability with the extra CB.
I'm happy with the GKs. Alisson is still the best GK in the league for me, Kelleher has looked decent as cover + we can promote one of the younger lads as a #3 with Adrian going.
RB we are okay. In a back 5, TAA and Neco are perfectly fine. In a back 4, we probably need to let Neco go out on loan and bring in a more solid defensive option. Overall though I am happy with those pair - both are young with plenty of juice / improvement in them.
LB we are okay. Robbo is grand and hopefully a year as his understudy Tsimkas will be able to step up next season. If not, I am sure we have someone from the youth who can be an able cover option. What happened to Larouci? Overall I dont think we need to spend money here.
CB I think we need one signing here. VVD and Gomez are grand. Matip on a shorter term deal I'd be happy to keep, Phillips I actually think is okay too, in a back 3 he would be even better. Rhys I think should go out on loan (not ready yet for me). Dont want Kabak permanently, would rather trust Davies and buy another. Ben White has been rumoured and I think that is not a bad shout. If not maybe a Tarkowski / Dunk type someone solid to fit VVD and Gomez.
CM I think we could do with an addition. A box to box kind of midfield. Someone who can run with the ball and be a threat to the opposition. I think Grealish would be perfect for us but maybe a little to expensive for FSG unless we sell one of our stronger assets. Fabinho is grand, Thiago I'd be happy to give him more time despite a slow start, Jones looks promising, Hendo we keep too. Keita for me is a tough one, I'd be happy either way. I think we cut Grujic, Shaqiri, Ox and let Gini join Barca.
In attack is where i think we can generate money. As much as I love him - I think now is probably the time to move Bobby on. It will hurt but I think Jürgen has squeezed all the juice out of him, he doesnt have much left in the tank. Origi needs to be sold also, he has been hopeless since the UCL win. Now if we stick with the current formation I'd keep the rest but if we were to switch to 352 (in my fantasy land
) - I am going to say it, I think we should sell Mane. A little bit like Bobby I worry Jürgen has squeezed all the juice out of him, and in a choice between Mo and Mane, I think Mo has more quality left in him aswell as goals. Mane seems to have lost his strength which is worrying as that was always his greatest trait. Without strength, he isnt sadio mane. Jota is grand, I think Taki should be given a shot, I think he has more to offer than Mane right now. On top of Jota, Salah and Taki I would like to see a proper #9. Someone who can win aerial duels and offer a presence up front aswell as score goals. Something different to what we currently have. Haaland would be the dream. Maybe Mane + Firmino can fund it?
GK - Alisson, Kelleher, Hughes/Jakub
RB - TAA, Neco
CB - VVD, Gomez, Matip, Phillips, Davies, NEW SIGNING (White?)
LB - Robertson, Tsimkas / Larouci
Mid - Thiago, Fabinho, Hendo, Jones, Keita, Elliott, NEW SIGNING (Grealish?)
Attack - Jota, Salah, Minamino, NEW SIGNING (Haaland?)
24 man squad. Considering no Europe next season looking likely that is more than enough going forward. 3 signings and not alot of net spend so FSG will be happy with my suggestions
. Maybe they should give me the managers job if Jürgen goes
I think we compete for the title, comfortably get top 4 anyhow and hopefully win the FA CUP.