Carrico was arguably our most solid CB after he came on loan from Reading and showed why he was captain of Sporting CP, he still is pretty reliable if he can make the pitch but the injures aren’t doing his cause any good. That being said I’d still want him on the squad for leadership and influence, he and pareja are the longest serving members of the squad if we take the youth players out of the equation.
What does worry me is the number of available and reliable centre backs we can call upon. Aside from Carrico who has become extremely injury prone Pareja has only just returned to training and is going to hit 34 in January, while his performances so far indicate he may not age as gracefully as Puyol. We can only really rely on Kjaer and Lenglet, thankfully the former has bedded in pretty well and the latter has been impressive. Other than that it’s Mercado who is favored as the first choice right back and will be 31 before the season ends.
Signing a serviceable backup is a priority in the winter transfer window, the ideal set-up would be a player in each age group (20-23, 24-27, 28-31) and right now we do not have someone in the middle group, hopefully Berrizo is back scouring Celta for Gomez, Fontas or ready to raid Las Palmas for Lemos.