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I do agree with you here Ron. Last summer it was stock up on midfielders, while if we're to believe the press reports this summer it will be strikers/wingers we'll be buying. Now not to say we could not improve in all parts of the squad, including up front, but the priority has to be at the back. As of late we've not had an issue scoring, and all season we've been creating, but our Achilles heel has been at the back.
But add to that what had been our 3rd choice, and now 2nd choice CB is retiring and he needs to be replaced. Also hear rumor here and there that Skrtel might be off. For me if Skrtel does leave, we need a seasoned veteran who can walk into the starting 11, and a backup. If Skrtel does stay then maybe we can just go for a single defender.
Another factor is how the youngsters are judged between now and next season. Many of us like the looks of Wisdom and assume he'll end up a CB. But have any of us seen him play there and is he ready to take on that role even as a backup? Coates should be ready, but is he? What about Wilson, he's out on loan in Scotland but not sure how he's doing. If any of these are ready to push into the first team (as a CB) then maybe that changes the equation. Do we go for a veteran, someone in his prime (which will cost us) or a youngster who will develop into the role?
Interesting points about our centre backs Dave. I think it is safe to say that Wilson does not have a future with us, and as for Coates he has not really impressed in any of the games he has been given. Like most I am very impressed with Wisdom, and think he should get the nod above Coates if situation arises but the main one for me is Kelly. He's a regular at CB for the England u21's. I think when he comes back form injury he should be making a real effort to nab a first team place, just as Caulker has done this season at Tottenham. Although I agree that a quality CB coming in would be ideal*, I would really like to see what Kelly and also Wisdom can do there. It does seem a bit harsh Skertl that he is the one to lose his place as Agger has been just as guilty of errors this season (unable to mark players at set pieces!), but if he wants out and someone chucks 30mil at us for him, so be it.
*This does not mean Williams.
Sorry for changing the subject. I'd give Gameiro a go at the the right price, could end up being a clever buy.
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I'd forgot about Kelly, and that he'd played the CB role for England U21. To be honest I'd put him ahead of Wisdom as he has a coolness on the ball, and while Wisdom seems handy in the air, Kelly's extra height has to be taken into consideration.
My preference is to have 3 CBs at or near their prime available and if Skrtel goes we'll have to spend some serious money, but personally I hope he stays. Otherwise we could end up spending most of our transfer budget on 2 CBs.
Another name I mentioned on another thread by might have got lost with this new format is Scott Dann. I know we were in for him a couple years ago, and while he may not be the top draw we are after, I think we could get him for under 10M, he's young enough to meet the FSG profile, but experienced enough to have an impact, and as a local boy could provide that leadership intangible we'll lose when Cara hangs up the boots.
This board format is driving me potty.
This Summer is going to be interesting provided we have a good run in and available funds. I've heard £20m plus sales is all that will be available. But if Carroll goes then perhaps things will be a little brighter. We all know that central defenders will be a priority but I'm also interested to see where Rodgers thinks he can develop the team further. For example Downing would have been out the door had an offer come in over Christmas but now he's given Rodgers something to think about.
There's also Sterling who's faded and seems to creating a world of trouble in his private life. I've also heard talk of a loan deal for him.
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Loki..think we should go for SAMBA hes the man we need in the middle the way things are going I think Swansea should never have asked for BR not to come in for any of their players for at least a season...his judgement seems totally flawed ...eg Joe Allen ( a liability ) and Borini (what can I say ? )....26 and a half mill squid these two cost us.
Loki had to use Colyn's reply format as yours doesnt have one I hate this board format..think u post speaking about purchasing two CB is best Ive read from u...Im not the biggest fan of Williams and with BR's record where bringing in people hes worked with before is concerned frankly Id be a bit worried about bringing him in but Samba...oh yes that would do nicely but do agree with u we need something that is a notch higher than what we have in Agger and particularly Skrtel who seems to be all over the place where his game is concerned he was absolutely awful today at Southampton. The rest of u post I agree entirely with...do u think theres any chance of borrowing Southamptons manager for remainder of season ? That was without a doubt the finest display of football Ive seen in a long time they played us off the park. None of us should be coming on here trying to come on as apologists for the way the team and the manager performed today , we were pretty sluggish true but the fact is they were ...superb !
Dave ...got to go for a seasoned veteran ; the next two seasons are going to be critical for the club and CB u are dealing with the spine of the team we need a monster personality there every great side has one at CB. iT SFINE TO HAVE ALL THESE KIDS WE ARE DEVELOPING FOR THE FUTURE BUT WE NEED THE RIGHT BLEND OF YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE TO WIN ANYTHING AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE IS GOOD BUT SOMETIMES U HAVE TO LOOK AT THE now AND THAT WILL BE ON US BEFORE WE KNOW IT WITHTHE KICK-OFF OF THE NEW SEASON...sorry didnt notice the caps lock was on too lazy to be bothered correcting it. Read just recently that BR wants to loan out Sterling probably toBlackpool as an incentive to them to sell us Tom Ince..anybody else seen that ?