I agree John. The balance of the squad is not right in two ways IMO. Because we have been keeping our fingers crossed that King and Woodgate would be back we have bought cover for that position ahead of others that needed it (Strikers!) but also we didn't buy expensive quality and instead bought cheap (Bassong) which, in the long term, has not done us any favours.
The other balance issue, and it is becoming more of a topic for discuission now that he has lost his goal scoring touch, is how you fit VDV in and still keep the balance and shape of the team capable of beating PL sides.
At least no one can argue that we don't have enough MF cover!!!!
As for Pool losing last night......let's hope at least one of your wishes comes true tonight. On that though, I am not sure about 5th and Europa football. Whilst I would love to beat Citeh I am not sure if it would be better to lose which is an awful thing to be contemplating but there we are. If of course beating Citeh could guarantee us 4th then thats a different matter altogether.