I am a little surprised to see Lee Catermole being allowed to leave although £3.5m seems a more than fair price. Steve Bruce is a good judge of football-flesh and I wonder if he can see something Southgate can't. Would Harper be better? And why have we not made a bid for Bullard. I will be mortified if Johson is allowed to go (except on loan), I think he has the potential to be better than Downing by a mile and needs a good run in the team to be allowed to prove himself. Having a good squad certainly does sharpen up the competition for the team sheet but only if certain players are not automatic choices and others are left warming the subs bench week after week. However I am not advocating a rotating system a la Benitez.