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Injuries allowing I personally think Toure will stay in defence. From a captians point of view, tony admas did the job brilliantly from there so I do not see this as a problem.
You raise an issue of what we do without gilberto. Personally I think he looks like he's got plenty left in the tank, Diaby will be his replacement and I think he showed excellent form pre-injury and perhaps after another season will be tip top.
generally once our injury malaise at the back is finally over you'd be right in saying we have buckets of cover, in fact with the youth coming through I think that'll be true of almost every position on the park, although we do not yet have a genuinely star studded second complete 11 like chelsea do and nor do I think we will ever have as its so difficult to keep them motivated and indeed to carry the wage bill. We'll go for direct cover in key positions and then relay on players who are flexible to cover the rest as we do now.
Also there was no mention of Denilson. Who is supposed to be a fantastic defensive midfielder. Captain of the Brazilian U21s doesn't come easily I'm sure. I also agree that during Gilbertos transition out (touch wood later rather than sooner) will give Diaby plenty of time to be the finished article.
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The way Gilberto plays he should have a few years yet. Makelele has played into his thirties, and seemed to play his best at 30-32, although now he's looking a bit older. Gilberto's only 29, isnt he? Hopefully it will be more of a case of Diaby, Denilson and Song just getting better than Gilberto ever was and forcing him out of the squad.