There is no point in trying to deny the fact that we will lose a player or three during this transfer window.
Some players will leave with little fuss or bother from fans while others will cause distress and outrage when they go.
Everyone has different opinions on our playing group. Who they would like to see gone, who they would like to keep and who they would like to see come on board. For the sake of this here article, I will focus on our best 18 players and try and rate them in order of importance to our season ahead. Here is how my rating system will work:
1-5 – Squad Player – If they are sold I will not shed a tear.
6-7 – A solid player – I may be conflicted if they go, or maybe not.
8-10 – A top player- If you sell this player, there will be bloodshed!
As you can see it is a very detailed rating system. So here we go!
Tim Krul – 9 – Poor distribution aside, I think Krul is one of the best shot stoppers in the league. I would hate to see him sold off if a large bid was to be lodged.
Rob Elliot – 7 – Apart from a dodgy handball red card offence, I thought Elliott did well in place of an injured Krul. I would like to see us keep him as he seems to be a good back up keeper.
Fabricio Coloccini – 8 – You could see how important Colo is to our defensive unit upon his return from injury. His composure certainly helped settle our defence and he made a huge difference in the run home. I would have rated him slightly higher but I took a point off for his age.
Steven Taylor – 8 – Taylor certainly gives it his all, you can’t deny that and because of that I have given him an extra point. He can be a bit “positionally challenged” at times but he is a solid player for us all the same.
Mike Williamson – 6 – I actually don’t think that Williamson is as bad as what he is made out to be. He has played well at times but his mobility and his foot skills are below where they need to be at this level. I hope he stays as a back-up but I think he will be sold.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – 8 – I think this lad will be a very good player for us. He will take some time to fully adapt to the pace of the Premier League and when he does he will easily be a 9 on my scale.
Mathieu Debuchy – 7 – Like Mbiwa, Debuchy will take a little time to adapt to the Premier League. He seems like an old fashioned dogged mongrel of a full back. I personally like those types of players and should he adjust to playing in the PL, I think he could be an 8.
Davide Santon – 7 – He started the past season very well before fading slightly and picking up an injury. I think Santon is developing well and he is one to hang onto. But if we received a sizeable offer for him, I would understand if we accepted it.
Yohan Cabaye – 7 – On his day Cabaye can be a match winning influence on the park but he does flatter to deceive somewhat. He has a tendency to drift in and out of games and seemed to lack a bit of hunger this past season. We seem to have an abundance of midfielders at the moment so if a big offer comes in; I would be sad to see him go but not overly bothered.
Cheick Tiote – 6 – Tiote has really struggled this past season with injury, form and discipline. He seems a shadow of the player we have seen over the years and now almost looks surplus to requirements to me. Once again, if the offer was a good one, I would not lose any sleep over him being sold. We seem to have a shed load of DM’s that are ready to fill the breach, should he be sold.
James Perch – 6 – A good squad player, always does what is asked of him with very little fuss or frills. I would not be overly upset if he is sold but he is a very good squad player.
Vurnon Anita – 6 – I have scored Anita a little low because of the game time he has played and because he is still adapting to the Premier League. I think he will be a good player for us but I think Tiote will have to be sold/benched to make room for him.
Hatem Ben Arfa – 8 – Definitely one of our most skillful players and a must keep. On his day he can be a game changer and if he can stay fit and string a heap of games together, he would easily rate a 9. I would like to see him play a few more simply passes though. Just saying…
Yoan Gouffran – 6 – He is another player that is still settling in so it is hard to tell at this stage. At times he has looked the goods and at times he has gone missing on the park. I am looking forward to seeing how he goes next season.
Sylvain Marveaux – 7 – A very neat and tidy player on his day and offers us something different with his trickery. But he really does drift in and out of games too much for my liking. He starts on the bench more often than not and I would like to see him up his work rate to cement a starting spot.
Jonas Gutierrez – 6 – Jonas has been a great player for us over the years but to me it seems his legs have gone. He really lacks pace and unfortunately he has lost a lot of his attacking threat as a result. Defensively you cannot question his commitment but we need more from him that what he is currently offering. I would not like to see him sold because he will be a very good squad player.
Moussa Sissoko – 8 – This guy could be a monster for us if he, like his French counterparts, adapts well to the Premier League. He has looked unstoppable at times but a little suspect with his decision making. He has the build and speed to be a really good player for us. A must keep!
Papiss Cisse – 9 – Cisse is a goal scorer and they are hard to come by. He had a tough season due to playing out wide and being low on confidence. He does run off side too much for my liking but given the right service he will score for us. It is important that we hang onto him and look to give him the right attacking support next season. A must keep as well!
And to quickly wrap up the other notables!
Shola Ameobi – 4 – Sell
Dan Gosling – 6 – Sell
Gabriel Obertan – 5 – Sell
Shane Ferguson – 5 – Sell
Sammy Ameobi – 5 – Loan or Sell
Gael Bigirimana – 7 – Keep – This lad looks to be one that will take the step up.
Massadio Haidara – 7 – Keep, looks promising.
Adam Campbell – 7 – Keep looks promising.
So that’s my view on who we should keep and who we should sell. As far as I am concerned the 8 or 9 rated players are the ones that will be hard to replace and will have a big impact on the squad if they are sold. The rest, well I am hoping they will be replaced should they be sold but history has shown us that this is not always the case.
Your view will no doubt be quite different to mine, remember, this is not the definitive list, just my views on things. If you think differently, fill in the blanks below and let me know.
Aussie Magpie Fan.