First up my preferred formation would be 4-2-3-1… I think it works better than the 4-3-3 Lope plays and it allows the likes of Óscar, and Papu to play in their preferred position behind the main Striker.
First up who would I get rid of…
•Juan Soriano - He’s Crap!
•Jesus Navas - Controversial but I think he is done. I wouldn’t renew.
•Sergio Escudero - Same as Navas.
•Sergi Gomez - If a replacement can be found who is younger and more mobile
•Kounde - I don’t want him to go, but realistically it is going to happen, and the squad can be bolstered using these funds.
•Gnagnon - Well he isn’t going to play is he?
•Arana - Bye bye!
•Berrocal - Probably not good enough.
•Gudelj - Surely we can get better.
•Rakitic - The experiment hasn’t worked. Sorry.
•Mudo - Out of contract, no point renewing.
•Amadou - He’s rubbish.
•Idrissi - Would have too much competition with Bryan back.
•Jose Lara - Again probably not good enough.
•Rony Lopes - Same situation as Idrissi.
•De Jong - If we can find a taker, bye bye.
•En-Nesyri - If we get offered stupid money, like €35-40m then that money can be used on the squad.
So that leaves me with (without incomings)…
•Javi Diaz - One more year to cover Bono and Second choice, whilst Alfonso spends a season on loan)
•Alfonso - Loan to a Segunda Division team, aim to be in first team squad for 2022/23.
•Aleix Vidal / Alex Pozo - One of these as competition / back up to a new Right Back. If cost effective for signings elsewhere keep as 1/2 RBs
•Pablo Perez - Aim to get a decent loan with view to being in 2022/23 squad.
•Fernando (One more year, probably needs replacing in 22/23)
•Ocampos (Unless we get a stupid offer for him!)
•Papu Gomez (under pressure already in my eyes, but want to see him in the 3 behind a striker)
Needs for me:
2 x CB
2 x ST
That gives us 25. Of course as I say if more cost effective we may keep the likes of both Aleix and Pozo and probably De Jong.
So 14/15 definitely. The Kounde money plus anything we might get from YEN could be BIG on how we shape the squad.
- Dmitrovic (GK)
- Alex Pozo
- J. Jordan
- De Jong (or new ST)
- Papu Gomez
- Bono (GK)
- Óscar Rodriguez
- En-Nesyri (or new ST)
- Bryan Gil
- Aleix Vidal (or new RB)
- Diego Carlos
- Óliver Torres
- Javi Diaz (GK)
- Joan Jordan