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We do need to strengthen over the summer, but not sure we need 5 additional top players to be honest, or if that is actually realistic. First think that is a lot to integrate, and second, assuming no one wants to leave you've got to ask who will be sold on to make room for those extra players.
Looking by position, seems to me RB is well covered, Johnson covered by Kelly and Wisdom. CB we know we are losing Cara, so at least one player who is ready to start, and possibly a second for back up (especially if Skrtel is moves on). At LB Jose could use some competition, but not a priority in my mind with Johnson as cover.
I know you've advocated a big man/ball winner for the middle, and I assume you want a Yaya Tourie type. I'd agree with that, but my question is who leaves to make room. 3 starting spots (assuming a derivative of the 4-5-1 formation) covered by Stevie, Lucas, Henderson, Shelvey, & Allen. If we bring in another striker and or Sturridge makes the claim to lead the line, add Suarez in there as a possible player to take the slot behind the striker.
Wide we have Coutinho, Sterling, Downing and Suso. Add into that mix if we play 3 across the front, Borini, and Suarez (if Sturridge or a new player leads the line). I know some have given up on Borini, but as I've said before I don't think we seen enough, and simple fact is I just don't see a player Rogers brought in from personal experience moved on until he's had at least half a season of injury free time to get a run at a place. Downing maybe asked to move on, but on the second half if this season form, I think he may keep his place (if he wants it) as a squad player (he can also cover LB)
For out and out strikers we have Suarez and Sturridge, but I don't see us playing 2 up front very often, so while I'd go for one more, he's more likely only going to be back up unless he can also play wide or as an advanced midfielder.
So by my count that's 2 maybe 3 top players who are ready to walk into or at least fight for a starting slot. One CB and one winger/striker (third is that central big man but think it means someone is moved on). That is not to say we don't need to bring others in. Anyone who does leave needs to be replaced with as good or better, but for me that is more about building out depth. But that is actually why I think this is going to be a very tricky summer transfer window for us, because simple fact is it’s hard enough to attract top players to be back up squad players, but without CL that becomes even more of a challenge.
Dave...disagree entirely with u views on Borini. I think we have seen far more than enough of him...he was a bust a judgemental error on the part of BR it needs to be acknowledged quickly and the loss taken. Nobody is going to give anything for this player best we can ever hope for is to find some club daft enough to accept him in part as a makeweight in a transfer deal for someone we want/need.There is no way we can take the risk of persisting with this player next season ...every game he either starts (God forbid) or comes off the bench we are playing fast and loose with losing the 3pts we are out there playing for. This is far too great a risk to take just to see if someone who just about everybody now agrees is a bust comes good
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Ok Colin, but I think I already knew we don't agree on if we can judge Borini yet. However, actually my post was not about Borini, but how many players we really need to integrate into the starting line up to get to a top 4 level..