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john, my negativity is rubbing off on u!
i pretty much agree. the huge blow is losing modric & having no replacement. moutinho was crucial.
i disagree about being weaker at CB. i thought bassong was poor. & i love king but he was injured for large parts.
vertonghen is a good signing. he is a big imprvement on bassong. not as good as king but he was injured most of the time.
also, dempsey can play in the striker role. he is an improvement on pav & saha.
basically we are missing 1 of the most important positions which is that CM playmaker role.
No SB, it's not your negativity, just me looking at the squad.
I'm not judging 1st team or the bench - just the overall 25('ish).
Dempsey may be able to play a 'striker', but this time last year we had 3 strikers, now we have 2. We actually used 4 different strikers last year.
Ditto CB, although you can compare Vertonghen to Bassong, with all due respect that isn't the point in comparing the squads. I think we used King, Daws, Kaboul, Gallas, Nelsen and Bassong last year. So although, Caulker has come through, we're lighter in that area (you could see King/Bassong/Nelsen gone and Vertonghen/Caulker in).
As for MF, then I personally see Dempsey as the same as VdV (the role anyway) - so I think that the whole midfield has lost both a level of skill and depth. Maybe we're slightly better of with a 'VdV' type replacement in Dembele/Dempsey/Sigurdsson - but overall with losing Pienaar, Krancjar and Two Saints and getting back Bentley and Jenas, Hopefully Falque will shine.
Away from the overall squad, I assume Dempsey OR Sigurdsson will play the VdV role with Dembele the Modric role - I'm still not sure how AVB will work those three into the starting 11 at the same time, along with either Daffy or Ade (or both) - that's assuming always that one of Sandro/Parker/Livermore/T'Hudd will start with Bale and Lennon.