I really was excited when we signed him, theres no doubting he has serious talent. But he is neither a prospect for the future or a player who delivers right now. So where does that leave him? I’d love to be wrong and for him to tear it up for the next few years, but I think with Wijnaldum leaving we really need a midfielder who can perform consistently right now. Look at how Fernandes has single handedly transformed Utd.
I mentioned on another thread that I had slight concerns for our midfield next year as Gini was leaving, Milner is getting older, Kieta likely to leave.
That leaves us with…
Even if we buy a new midfielder I’m not sure that’s enough.
The HG thing might be a problem but they’d have to try and find a solution but ya, I think both Ox and Keita should go. Neither have offered anywhere near enough in their time here. Their wages could be going to players who are more useful. That may be slightly harsh on Ox, as he has scored some important goals for us but I’ve never felt that he was good enough all round.
If we’re short on quality midfielders maybe it’s time to move away from the 4-3-3. Lord knows we’ve been absolute shit at times this season with that. With so many CBs maybe we could experiment with a back 3. Or sign a forward & #10 and bring back Elliot to switch to the 4-2-3-1/4-2-4 variant that we’ve had some success with this season.
As for the HG thing, we got a kid named James Balagizi who looks a carbon copy of Curtis Jones but maybe a couple steps behind in his development. I rate him quite highly amongst all our current academy players. Time we push our own youngsters instead of signing cover that is never going to be good enough.