With all this talk of Andy Carroll it’s pretty easy to get distracted with regard to what else our team needs over the summer.
In fact this whole Carroll fiasco has made me wonder if we’re barking up the wrong tree in terms of where we should be looking to strengthen first.
Obviously we have the two young lads – Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana – already signed and initiated in the black and white stripes but I get the sense that they will be more for the future or for backup and will effectively replace the spaces once occupied by Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie. However there are a number of other positions we need to strengthen if we are to make the most of our jolly into Europe and look to try and repeat the feat over the course of the next season.
Yes we need to strengthen our attack but we also have a defence that needs bolstering, and to be honest I would prefer it if we looked at that first. Good teams are built on solid foundations and all that….
That is not to say that we have to be entirely systematic in our approach to transfers and I dare say things are being looked at that nobody knows about, but I would personally prefer it if I knew we had a new centre-back on the way along with a new right-back/left-back. Of course rumours are that Douglas and Mathieu Debuchy are being eyed to fill those roles, but as yet, nothing…
I’m fairly hopeful that it will all come together come the end of the transfer window but until then I do worry. Perhaps I shouldn’t? Perhaps I should have a bit more faith? Whatever. I just think that I’d be a little less apprehensive if we could get an actual first-team player through the door that would strengthen the squad in any number of places where we look a bit light on both numbers and quality.
The question is, where do you start?