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Squad depth; Who should be recalled?

Squad depth; Who should be recalled?

It is incredible but at the opening of the transfer window we had a squad bursting at the seams with depth and multiple options at virtually every position (albeit you could argue with the quality of some of those options). The point was that we had a full 25 man squad on the ground. We now have 7 more days left in the transfer window and suddenly everything has changed.

In the span of the window so far we have transferred out Ryan Bertrand and sold Mata and KDB, allowed Michael Essien go permanently and brought in only Nemanja Matic and Mohammed Salah pending his medical and agreeing to personal terms. This means a net loss of 2 players but lest one be fooled it is actually worse than that because both Salah and Matic are cup tied and so wont be available for the Champions league campaign. Furthermore the new 25 man squad we can list now hides some important deficits ; it includes Marko Van Ginkel who will probably not be available till late in the season if we are lucky and then there is El Nino who is out for at least a month (and we must pray it is not longer and that he does not sustain any further injuries before season`s end).

Added to this our present 25 man list includes 4 goal keepers rather than the typical 3. In case people forgot Hilario is still on our books and occupying one of those positions. In addition let us not forget too that the present 25 man list includes two players; Nathan Ake and Tomas Kalas who have virtually nil BPL minutes thus far this season and very limited high level competition experience anyway.

The point is that in a puff of smoke our once vaunted squad depth has evaporated. Let us not forget that from an injury perspective thus far this season we have actually been very lucky. Dr Carniero and her Sports medicine group have a big thanks for that but in addition we must be thankful for Divine providence that has been kind to us thus far. Compare our situation injury wise with the situation some like ManU and even the Gunners have faced and you will realize that with a few injuries we could quickly be in very bad shape.

I am particularly concerned with our full back situation where we really have just three experienced tested and tried bodies for those two positions. One of those Cesar is probably our best available option right now for both the right back and left back positions..should he get injured it is best not to imagine where that will leave us.

The question I have for the group is this; it is unlikely we are signing anyone else in the 7 days we have left in this window despite the never ending rumors linking us to this player and that. What options do we then have? We must not forget as has been said time and again that we have the equivalent of over two teams worth of players out on loan..many are locked into season long loans and cannot be recalled but that does not apply to all. If you could make the call which 1-2 players currently out on loan would you recall before the window closes to ensure we have enough competent options to ensure that our strength in depth is not compromised as we head into the business end of the season? Your views will be much appreciated. I will give my own two cents; if it were left to me I would recall PVA from Vitesse and Victor Moses from Liverpool. Your opinions and views on this issue are much appreciated. KTBFFH.

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Date:Saturday January 25 2014
Time: 5:46AM


Victor moses for me should come,i dont think liverpools bench is warmer than ours.pva s decent call but i dont think he'l be recalled,jose has stated that ake can play @ left back.for me just get moses back.
25/01/2014 06:04:00
ESSIEN:was it a free transfer deal?
25/01/2014 06:11:00
We have lost 2 ACM's in Mata and KdB, so for me that would be Lucas Piazon. Though it is better for him to stay with Vitesse. And in dreamland we sell Torres and Ba, and bring back Lukaku, lmao.
25/01/2014 06:13:00
promote patric vanaholt and promote feruz and issiah brown
25/01/2014 06:29:00
Yes Blue5, The Bison left on a free transfer to AC Milan.
25/01/2014 06:30:00
call van..*
25/01/2014 06:30:00
I would prefer Thorgan Hazard first, then after that come Lucas Piazon (assuming that they can be recalled)...
Chelsea n Torres Fan
25/01/2014 06:50:00
Thnks @Gabeu.
25/01/2014 07:00:00
There is no need to recall anyone this window...the squad is okay in my opinion..As GK we have Cech,schwarzer and blackman already,as defenders we have azpi,iva,cahill,terry,luiz,cole,kalas and ake(as reports claims he has been promoted to the first team) in CM we have matic,ramires,mikel,Lamps and MVG(pending when he returns from injury,in AMF we have Hazard,willian,schurlle,oscar and salah in CF we have eto'o ba and torres..for me,torres injury will give other players opportunity to show their worth,and for MVG he will be back in about 2months or so...for me,we are very okay!...before this window we had about 25 senior players in our squad where players like KDB,Bertrand and to some extent essien suffered a lot for game time,there is no need to recall players to replace these ones,the academy player should take those places
25/01/2014 07:50:00
It always makes me wonder when players are sent out on loan, whether they are being show-cased for potential transfer, having failed to break into the first team on a permanent basis. Has someone assessed that they may be just not good enough or not fit into our main squad? Why hang onto players like Kakuta, Moses, even Josh, PVA and Ryan etc when it's patently obvious that they will not quite cut the mustard to push the first choice players in their respective positions? We have a 25 man first team squad (slightly depleted) and we have a youth & reserve academy that is now the envy of most clubs, yet we have, what, 20+ guys out on loan?!?
25/01/2014 08:33:00
Recall Mata and De Bruyne.
25/01/2014 08:35:00
Doen't help though, when a player out on loan can't even get first team action at the loanee club!?! That must tell you it's time to off-load the player from our books.
25/01/2014 08:38:00
LOL @FV, now that was funny!
25/01/2014 08:38:00
no need to recall anyone..just play jose in the no 10 position if any one our am get he got rid of two no 10 players...
25/01/2014 08:54:00
I still believe that the club needs to still go for Guarin. Especially with the sale of Essien to Ac Milan, we need squad depth in the midfield. A versatile player who can play in a number of roles and he fits the bill superbly. We have been lucky with injuries so far but we need to be prepared for it. I believed he is not cup tied for the CL thus giving us a more dynamic option than Mikel if we need it.
25/01/2014 09:09:00
No youth player will play under jose.
25/01/2014 09:38:00
No youth player will play under jose.
25/01/2014 09:40:00
No youth player will play under jose.
25/01/2014 09:46:00
I think we are okay. We can play a 4-4-1-1 in some EPL games with Eto'o behind Schurlle upfront, Salah & Hazard on the flanks, Matic-Lamps in the pivot and Cech Azpi Luiz-Terry Cole in defence. For the UCL games, we can revert back to our 4-2-3-1 system with Willian-Oscar-Hazard behind Torres, Mikel/Lamps-Rami/Luiz in the pivot and Cech Iva-Cahill-Terry-Azpi in defence. Kalas and Ake can cover for the fullbacks and CBs if needed, play Luiz in the Pivot in some games & rest Terry/Cahill by playing Iva in some FaCup & EPL games in Central defence. If Jose rotates well and rest our fullbacks in some games by bringing on Ake(LB) and Kalas(RB) we will be okay.
25/01/2014 10:33:00
Question (relating to GabeU's worry about FB position), if we are willing to pay £21m for Luke Shaw, why not pay £20m for Fabio Coentrao? Manure are still chasing him to replace an ageing Evra, why not us to replace Ashley, especially as Ryan has been deemed not suitable.
25/01/2014 10:34:00
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