Allison, Trent, Konate, Virgil, Robbo, Henderson, Bajcetic, Gakpo, Nunez, Jota, Mo, ….4-3-3…
….back to what works best, reasonably solid back 4, Hendo & Bacjetic holding, Gakpo in the hole, with Nunez left, Mo right, Jota thru the middle, Bacjetic can box to box supporting both Cody in attack or Hendo defensively, stopping thru balls, disrupting play etc, quite a burden for such a young player but he’s wise enough and fit enough to cope, had Tyler Morton been available he’d be playing too, next to him,
This season is all but done for us if we’re all realistic, still a outside chance of top 4 but that’s looking unlikely if current form persists, so I’m all up for introducing one or two more academy players and get them familiar with first X1 match days, being on the bench, working with the usual suspects and then perhaps actually playing, in short blooding what we have and perhaps finding another nugget like Bacjetic,
Yes you can argue that we need to finish as high as we can but for me it’s more important we get the basics right and build from the bottom up, in short, having no European football next season may not be a bad thing, not great financially but then we’re f***in skint anyway so not much difference to our current state, putting it another way, when we won the league, the CL etc, we didn’t spend a lot after either, which to our detriment we’re suffering now,
The time is now to look at younger lads, I don’t want to see passed their sell by date players anymore, I want to see youthful excitement and enthusiasm, I want to look ahead and say we’re going to be great again, look at what we’re producing at the academy,
I want us to faze out the deadwood and hangers on, a complete clear out followed by a infusion of vibrancy and excitement, then add the quality targets available, obvious one being Bellingham, Gravenberch has been mentioned before, as too has Maddison, plenty others out there who will bring all of the above,
We won’t get it holding on to the likes of Ox, Naby, Fabinho, Hendo, Matip, Bobby, Milner, Thiago, all of those should be fazed out within 2/3 windows, not sure of the average age of that lot but whatever it is it needs to be a lot younger,
Then perhaps we might just start competing again !!!