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Everyone agrees that if we're going to stop this cycle of relegation battles, the squad needs an overhaul. Now when people talk about signing players they can be unrealistic due to a host of reasons not limited to availability, price, wages etc. So perhaps the first place to look is our own squad - I've just listed the squad as displayed on the back of the last programme of the season.

 

You're the manager - you decide who to sell, who to loan, who to use as a squad player and who to fight to keep.

 

1. Guzan                                     - KEEP (starter)
2. Baker                                      - KEEP (squad)
4. Vlaar                                       - RELEASE

5. Okore                                      - KEEP (squad)
6. Clark                                       - KEEP (starter)
7. Bacuna                                    - KEEP (squad)
8. Cleverley (LOAN)                    - KEEP if possible/ not held to ransom
9. Sinclair                                    - KEEP (squad/starter)
10. Weimann                              - KEEP but play in right position OR loan to a club who will (last chance saloon)
11. Agbonlahor                           - KEEP (squad)
12. Cole                                      - RELEASE
13. Steer                                     - KEEP (squad)
14. Senderos                              - RELEASE
15. Westwood                             - KEEP (starter)
16. Delph                                    - KEEP (starter)
18. Richardson                            - SELL/ RELEASE
20. Benteke                                - SELL (money better than player who doesn't want to be here)
21. Hutton                                   - SELL (much better season but still liability)
22. Gardner                                - KEEP (no loan now though, either squad player or should be sold. Last chance saloon)
23. Cissokho                               - KEEP (squad)
24. Sanchez                                - KEEP (squad)
25. Gil                                         - KEEP (squad/starter)
27. Kozak                                    - KEEP (squad/starter)
28. N'Zogbia                               - SELL/RELEASE
29. Hepburn-Murphy                  - LOAN
31. Given                                    - RELEASE
34. Lowton                                  - KEEP (squad)
39. Calder                                   - LOAN
40. Grealish                                 - KEEP (starter)

 

Meaning I need two or three defenders, no midfielders and one or two strikers. From likely £40m budget (assuming Benteke sale for approx £30m)

 

Guzan

RB CB Clark LB
Delph Westwood Grealish Cleverley (or Sanchez)
Gil/Sinclair
Striker

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1. Brad Guzan                                        - KEEP

2. Nathan Baker                                       KEEP - just
4. Ron Vlaar                                            Go
5. Jores Okore                                          KEEP - Just
6. Ciaran Clark                                         KEEP - Definite
7. Leandro Bacuna                                   Sell
8. Tom Cleverley (LOAN)                          Let him go
9. Scott Sinclair                                         Sell
10. Andreas Weimann                              Sell - begrudgingly
11. Gabby Agbonlahor                             Stick him in a blender
12. Joe Cole                                             Keep - maybe he can teach our players to pass.
13. Jed Steer                                            Keep
14. Philippe Senderos                              Go
15. Ashley Westwood                               Keep - just
16. Fabian Delph                                      Keep - definite
18. Kieran Richardson                              Sell
20. Christian Benteke                               Keep -obviously (no chance)
21. Alan Hutton                                         Keep - our best player for the 1st half of the season
22. Gary Gardner                                     Keep (one more year) - but he has to show somethinig now.
23. Aly Sissokho                                       Sell
24. Carlos Sanchez                                  Keep - Just (he had some promising games before losing the plot)
25. Carles Gil                                           FFS KEEP!!!
27. Libor Kozak                                        Keep - hope he's not crocked for good.
28. Charles N'Zogbia                               Firing squad - no blindfold
29. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy                 ?
31. Shay Given                                       Sell (fat chance)
34. Matt Lowton                                      Keep - not sure he's getting the chances he deserves.
39. Riccardo Calder                               ?
40. Jack Grealish                                   Sell ............................................ only kidding, but do something about that ridiculous barnet.

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Get Rid

 

Tonev

Luna

Weimann

Sinclair

Nzogbia

Lowton

Given (mainly for wages be good backup on decent salary)

 

 

ON the fence

Bennett

Helenius

Agbonlahor

Vlaar

Cole

Richardson 

Senderos

Guzan

Hutton

 

keep the rest

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The thing with our squad is that it isn't bad but there aren't many I'd be anything more than indifferent to their potential exits. I presume Benteke's exit also.

I want a new goalkeeper, Guzan has proven to be mediocre. Wouldn't him remaining as No. 2 but that's not going to happen. I wouldn't renew Vlaar's deal. In principle, I'm not against Kozák remaining as squad player/impact sub but in reality he needs regular games after the injury, so best he is sold or loaned out.

With those explained, I categorise it as follows:

Definitely keep: Okore, Clark, Bacuna, Cleverley, Sinclair, Delph, Gil, Sánchez, Grealish, Robinson, Gardner*

Could be improved on but realistically should remain squad players for now: Given, Baker, Westwood, Hutton, Cissokho, N'Zogbia, Gabby

Sell: Guzan, Vlaar, Senderos, Lowton, Richardson, Weimann, Cole, Kozák, Lowton. Plus, Tonev, Luna, Sylla etc.

*With Gardner and Robinson (even Sánchez to an extent), I'm not heralding them as definite key players. I just would like to see them get a chance next season.

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1. Brad Guzan                                        - KEEP

2. Nathan Baker                                     - KEEP
4. Ron Vlaar                                           - KEEP IF NOT TOO EXPENSIVE
5. Jores Okore                                       - KEEP
6. Ciaran Clark                                       - KEEP
7. Leandro Bacuna                                - KEEP
8. Tom Cleverley (LOAN)                       - KEEP IF POSSIBLE
9. Scott Sinclair                                      - KEEP
10. Andreas Weimann                           - SELL
11. Gabby Agbonlahor                           - KEEP
12. Joe Cole                                           - LET GO / SELL
13. Jed Steer                                         - KEEP
14. Philippe Senderos                           - SELL
15. Ashley Westwood                            - KEEP UNLESS GOOD OFFER RECEIVED
16. Fabian Delph                                   - KEEP
18. Kieran Richardson                           - SELL
20. Christian Benteke                            - KEEP IF POSSIBLE
21. Alan Hutton                                      - SELL
22. Gary Gardner                                  - SELL
23. Aly Sissokho                                    - SELL 
24. Carlos Sanchez                               - KEEP
25. Carles Gil                                         - KEEP
27. Libor Kozak                                     - KEEP
28. Charles N'Zogbia                            - SELL
29. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy               - KEEP
31. Shay Given                                     - KEEP (COACHING?)
34. Matt Lowton                                    - KEEP
39. Riccardo Calder                              - KEEP
40. Jack Grealish                                  - KEEP

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Sell/Release

Vlaar

Cissokho

Guzan

Tonev

Sylla

Cole

Weimann

Nzogbia

Gabby

Luna

Kozak

Lowton

Id keep Hutton, Richardson and Sanderos for their experience and they have played well this season, good backups

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1. Guzan                                     - Keep (Starter unless anyone better is available)

2. Baker                                      - Keep (Squad)

4. Vlaar                                       - Keep (Squad-Unless he wants more money)

5. Okore                                      - Keep (Starter)
6. Clark                                       - Keep (Starter)
7. Bacuna                                    - Keep (squad)
8. Cleverley (LOAN)                    - Keep (by any means possible)

9. Sinclair                                    - Keep (squad/starter)
10. Weimann                              - Sell (not good enough)

11. Agbonlahor                           - Keep (because no one else would have him!)
12. Cole                                      - Sell
13. Steer                                     - Keep(3rd choice)
14. Senderos                              - Sell
15. Westwood                             - Keep (squad)
16. Delph                                    - Keep (starter)
18. Richardson                            - Keep (backup/utility man only)
20. Benteke                                - Keep (by any means possible)
21. Hutton                                   - Sell (as long as we get someone better in)

22. Gardner                                - Keep (give him til Xmas to try and prove himself

23. Cissokho                               - Keep (squad)
24. Sanchez                                - Keep (squad)
25. Gil                                         - Keep (but think he will go)
27. Kozak                                    - Keep (deserves another chance)
28. N'Zogbia                               - Sell (To much wages for no end product)
29. Hepburn-Murphy                  - Keep and Loan
31. Given                                    - Sell (2nd choice keeper shouldn’t earn 50k a week)
34. Lowton                                  - Keep and Loan
39. Calder                                   - Keep and Loan
40. Grealish                                 - Keep (starter)

??. Bennett                                -Keep (give him til Xmas)

??. Tonev                                - Sell

??, Luna                                  -Sell

??. Helenius                              -Sell

 

I have Guzan, Clark, Okore, Delph, Cleverley, Benteke , Grealish as starters, meaning by my reckoning we need a first choice Left Back, Right Back, Defensive Midfielder and another number  10/wide man (unless Cleverley doesn’t sign, and Benteke goes)  I would like to see Bennett given another chance at LB though, as I think Lamberts ultra-defensive mentality didn’t suit him at all first time round.

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1. Guzan                                     - KEEP
2. Baker                                      - KEEP
4. Vlaar                                       - KEEP

5. Okore                                      - RELEASE
6. Clark                                       - KEEP
7. Bacuna                                    - KEEP
8. Cleverley (LOAN)                    -  KEEP
9. Sinclair                                    - KEEP
10. Weimann                              -  RELEASE
11. Agbonlahor                           -  KEEP
12. Cole                                      - RELEASE
13. Steer                                     - KEEP
14. Senderos                              - RELEASE
15. Westwood                             - KEEP
16. Delph                                    - KEEP
18. Richardson                            - RELEASE
20. Benteke                                - SELL  to fund the decimated squad
21. Hutton                                   - RELEASE
22. Gardner                                - RELEASE
23. Cissokho                               - RELEASE
24. Sanchez                                - RELEASE
25. Gil                                         - KEEP
27. Kozak                                    - RELEASE
28. N'Zogbia                               - RELEASE
29. Hepburn-Murphy                  - LOAN
31. Given                                    - RELEASE
34. Lowton                                  - RELEASE
39. Calder                                   - WHO ?
40. Grealish                                 - KEEP

 

 

I'd be surprised if we could get enough players in though so we'd be stuck with a few "releases" from my list

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Keepers:         Guzan, Steer

 

Defence:      Okore, Cissoko, Clark, Baker, Bacuna - + LB, RB, CB

 

Midfield:       Delph, Gil ( unlikely sadly though), Sanchez, Grealish, Sinclair, Westwood, Gardner + CM

 

Attack:       Benteke, Kozak, Agbonlahor ( pragmatic, no other team will take him ) + CF x 2

 

flog the rest, ( or send the kids on loan )

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1. Guzan                                     - KEEP (squad)
2. Baker                                      - KEEP (squad)
4. Vlaar                                       - KEEP (starter)

5. Okore                                      - KEEP (squad)
6. Clark                                       - KEEP (starter)
7. Bacuna                                    - KEEP (squad)
8. Cleverley (LOAN)                    - KEEP but think he's joining Everton
9. Sinclair                                    - KEEP (squad)
10. Weimann                              - RELEASE
11. Agbonlahor                           - KEEP (squad)
12. Cole                                      - RELEASE
13. Steer                                     - KEEP (squad)
14. Senderos                              - RELEASE
15. Westwood                             - KEEP (starter)
16. Delph                                    - KEEP (starter)
18. Richardson                            - KEEP/ (SQUAD)
20. Benteke                                - KEEP (STARTER)
21. Hutton                                   - RELEASE
22. Gardner                                - KEEP (SQUAD)
23. Cissokho                               - SELL(not good enough)
24. Sanchez                                - KEEP (squad)
25. Gil                                         - KEEP (squad)
27. Kozak                                    - KEEP (squadr)
28. N'Zogbia                               - SELL/RELEASE
29. Hepburn-Murphy                  - LOAN
31. Given                                    - RELEASE
34. Lowton                                  - RELEASE 
39. Calder                                   - LOAN
40. Grealish                                 - KEEP (starter)

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1. Guzan                                     - KEEP (starter)
2. Baker                                      - KEEP (Squad)
4. Vlaar                                       - RELEASE

5. Okore                                      - KEEP (squad)
6. Clark                                       - KEEP (starter)
7. Bacuna                                    - SELL
8. Cleverley                                 - RELEASE
9. Sinclair                                    - KEEP (squad)
10. Weimann                               - SELL
11. Agbonlahor                           - KEEP (squad)
12. Cole                                      - RELEASE
14. Senderos                              - RELEASE
15. Westwood                             - KEEP (starter)
16. Delph                                    - KEEP (starter)
18. Richardson                            - KEEP (squad)
20. Benteke                                - SELL
21. Hutton                                   - KEEP (squad)
23. Cissokho                               - SELL
24. Sanchez                                - SELL
25. Gil                                         - KEEP (starter)
27. Kozak                                    - KEEP (squad)
28. N'Zogbia                               - SELL
31. Given                                    - KEEP (Squad)
34. Lowton                                  - SELL
40. Grealish                                 - KEEP (starter)

 

 

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1. Guzan                                     - KEEP (starter)
2. Baker                                      - KEEP (squad)
4. Vlaar                                       - GTFO Injury prone not worth the increase in wages unless our only alternative is Steven Caulker then i'd prefer Vlaar with one leg

5. Okore                                      - KEEP (squad)
6. Clark                                       - KEEP (starter)
7. Bacuna                                    - KEEP (squad)
8. Cleverley (LOAN)                    - KEEP if he wants to play for the club otherwise GTFO
9. Sinclair                                    - KEEP (squad)
10. Weimann                              - GTFO Championship is his level
11. Agbonlahor                           - GTFO Replace him with someone younger and hungrier
12. Cole                                      - GTFO Can go to the retirement home along with Given
13. Steer                                     - KEEP (Squad)
14. Senderos                              - KEEP/GTFO 50/50 on this one
15. Westwood                             - KEEP (starter)
16. Delph                                    - KEEP (starter)
18. Richardson                            - GTFO
20. Benteke                                - GTFO providing we get the 32.5 mill for him otherwise keep him
21. Hutton                                   - KEEP (Squad)
22. Gardner                                - KEEP (Squad) I'd like him to be given prem games to see if he's the real deal
23. Cissokho                               - KEEP (squad)
24. Sanchez                                - GTFO not convinced
25. Gil                                         - KEEP/GTFO dependent on if he can fit into the managers plans 
27. Kozak                                    - KEEP (squad) 
28. N'Zogbia                               - GTFO The cup final summed him up for me didn't look bothered if not then will he ever be?
29. Hepburn-Murphy                  - LOAN Needs games
31. Given                                    - GTFO Can go to the retirement home along with Cole
34. Lowton                                  - GTFO
39. Calder                                   - LOAN Needs Games
40. Grealish                                 - KEEP (starter) 

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