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Summer Overhaul: Who Stays & Who Goes?

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Guest Post by Ruislip Hammer

With a new manager incoming and the summer transfer window on the horizon, there is understandably much speculation about players we might bring in.

First things first though – who should we be letting go? This should surely be the first priority for the Steidten/Lopetegui era. After all, space needs to be freed up, dead wood cut away, salary bill cut – not to mention all the financial fair play rules etc to be considered, before the club gets into recruitment mode for the great rotation we undoubtedly need.
Everyone will have their own views, of course. We must hope that the duo in charge are on the same page from the get-go on this. My humble opinion on stayers/leavers is as follows:
KEEP
POS
COMMENT
Areola
GK
Quality, needs cover
Coufal
DEF
Warrior, lacks poise
Emerson
DEF
Links well with Paqueta
Mavropanos
DEF
Struggled with weak partners
Casey
DEF
Highly rated CB/DM
Scarles
DEF
Attacking LB
Paqueta
MID
Quality/Frustrating
Soucek
MID
Warrior, under-rated
Alvarez
MID
Quality, gets booked a lot
Ward-Prowse
MID
Reliable, good delivery
Earthy
MID
Looks a proper no10
Downes
MID
Good loan at Saints
Potts
MID
The new Declan?
Kudus
ATT
Quality, flexible
Bowen
ATT
Our best player by far
RELEASE/SELL
POS
COMMENT
Fabianski
GK
Great servant, too old
Johnson
DEF
Ordinary utility player
Zouma
DEF
Gives his all, past his best
Ogbonna
DEF
Great servant, too old
Aguerd
DEF
Good passer, flaky in defence
Kehrer
DEF
Not played much on loan
Benrahma
ATT
Wishy-washy, had enough chances
Antonio
ATT
Great servant, too old
Ings
ATT
Too old, too slow
Cornet
ATT
Hardly ever picked
Mubama
ATT
Not taken his limited chances
This would mean 11 leavers and only 15 being retained. I think that sounds about right. Apart from Zouma and Antonio, all the others in my leavers list have been bit-part players for the most part in the last season or two.
The remaining squad would be strong in midfield, light in other areas (goalkeeper, full-back) – and very weak indeed in central defence and strikers. No surprises there and they will surely be the priority areas for recruitment.
While I can’t see that much incoming cash from transfers, there are some very high earners who would be off the books.

All this assumes, of course, that we are able to hang onto to the likes of Paqueta

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  • Mark says:

    Not so sure about coufal many a time our midfielders have had to bail him out of trouble and the way lopetrgui plays with the full backs bombing forward they are more like wing backs not so sure that’s coufal’s game

  • Matt Palmer says:

    Fair enough assessment but I think that is too many players to move on – and replace given you will get sod all for most of them.

    I would also probably keep Antonio one more season if we can as he is a cheap attacking sub and can still be a handful for a tired defender. I would also keep Zouma and Johnson if possible as cover.

    Aguerd seems set to go and I agree in letting all the others leave.

    Back to my comment on not getting much for those who go, the cost of replacing half of the sell list with half decent replacements would be huge. Plus it completely changes the squad dynamic. Big risk alround but would probably be needed to be done in stages

  • Harvey Fox says:

    I’d keep Cornet – maybe a manager who trusted him would help? Is keep Kehrer as well. Could have done with him costing the amount of goals we’ve shipped this season.

  • Burch says:

    I’ve got to say, your assessment of the squad is awful 😂

  • Andrew Staines says:

    If the squad was playing Moyesball a fair assessment
    Playing 3-4-3 and some more would depart, the 2 czeck boys not technical enough,

  • Hammerpete6 says:

    A good analysis and great talking point. I also think it’s too many to let go, I would certainly consider Kehrer, who is really quick and mobile CB not a fullback, and also Cornet, whose only fault seems to have been out of favour. All the old and/or slow players listed should go though.

    • JP says:

      Paqueta has to go. Only way to raise money for quality players. He can be brilliant and at the same time waste possession too many times. Not sure City would come for him now with his temperament getting him suspended and not sure if he actually suits English football.

  • Jimbo says:

    Keep Kehrer and Cornet? Why, were we relegated? You don’t have to BUY replacements for them all either. Earthy and Scarles are ready now and are the right age and nationality to keep us within rules and give us some legs. Look at what Klopp has done with kids and ours are as good.

  • Kenny Irons says:

    Like to see Cornet given a fair crack of the whip

  • Thom Ridgeway says:

    Has Cresswell already gone? (Too old, too slow)

  • Bonzo says:

    I’d agree with all except I would see whether cornet can impress the new manager in preseason and make a decision late in the window whether to keep him or not.

  • Stevie Rae says:

    Agree with all your keeps. In regards to your releases, I feel Fab can definitely do a job for us still despite age. I don’t think we should offload both Kehrer and Johnson in one window. Father time has caught up with Oggy and Aguerd doesn’t want to be here so I’d be hesitant to let Zouma go in the same window. I’d keep him as back up to Big Mav. I also think Antonio at the very least can still be an important impact sub.

  • Dan says:

    Kehrer has played all 14 league games he’s been available for since his January move! Mainly at centre back, some at rb, once at lb. Would keep him and Aguerd, both good on the ball and we’ll play more possession under Lop.

  • kcockayne says:

    I said that I had seen the “new Declan” the first time I saw Potts play – so definitely keep him. Keep Johnson – if we can , keep Cornet & give him a proper assessment, give Downes a proper chance & keep Antonio for one more year. If money is short, re-assess Kehrer & sell him if he doesn’t reach the standard required. Otherwise, I agree with you.

  • rollercoaster hammer says:

    you missed Cresswell

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