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    How would YOU change the 25 man squad in the summer?


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    On the MASSIVE assumption* that we stay up, how would you change the current 25 man squad?


    * if we go down then there will be much more change. Also assuming we don't lose any players we'd rather keep.

    It currently looks like this:

    25 Squad players

    1. Baldock, Samuel*
    2. Bong, Thomas Gaetan
    3. Duffy, Shane Patrick Michael*
    4. Dunk, Lewis Carl*
    5. Goldson, Connor*
    6. Gross, Pascal
    7. Hemed, Tomer
    8. Hunemeier, Uwe
    9. Izquierdo Mena, Jose Heriberto
    10. Kayal, Beram
    11. Knockaert, Anthony Patrick
    12. Krul, Timothy Michael*
    13. Locadia, Jurgen Leonardo
    14. Maenpaa, Niki Emil Antonio
    15. March, Soloman Benjamin*
    16. Murray, Glenn
    17. Propper, David Petrus Wenceslaus Henri
    18. Rosenior, Liam James*
    19. Ryan, Matthew David
    20. Saltor Grau, Bruno
    21. Schelotto, Ezequiel Matias
    22. Skalak, Jiri
    23. Stephens, Dale Christopher*
    24. Suttner, Markus
    25. Ulloa Fernandez, Jose Leonardo

    I'll start with a possibly extreme version, where we lose the following players in the summer:

    Gone

    1. Hunemeier
    2. Rosenior Home Grown
    3. Maenpaa
    4. Skalak
    5. Norwood Home Grown
    6. Murphy Home Grown
    7. Baldock Home Grown
    8. Hemed
    9. Sidwell Home Grown

    So, I've removed a number of players who are either in the last year of their contract or I feel won't ever feature. Which leaves the squad / gaps like this:

    1. Ryan Non HGP 1
    2. Krul
    3. NEW KEEPER

    4, Bruno Non HGP 2
    5. Schelotto Non HGP 3
    6. NEW DEFENDER
    7. Suttner Non HGP 4
    8. Bong Non HGP 5
    9. Dunk
    10. Duffy
    11. NEW DEFENDER
    12. Goldson

    13. Pröpper Non HGP 6
    14. Stephens
    15. NEW MIDFIELDER
    16. Kayal Non HGP 7
    17. Groß Non HGP 8

    18. Knockaert Non HGP 9
    19. Izquierdo Non HGP 10
    20. March
    21. NEW WINGER

    22. NEW STRIKER
    23. Locadia Non-HGP 13
    24. Murray Non HGP 14
    25. NEW STRIKER

    Which means we have 7 slots to fill, but only 3 of these can be NON-HGP options.

    This sounds hard to deliver if we want to keep improving.

    What other configurations can you suggest?
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      No 2 should be Christian Walton for starters, expect him to compete for the No 1 Jersey with Matty Ryan
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      I would replace Skalak with Middlesbrough's Adama Traore.
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      Norwood's an interesting one, because we don't seem particularly keen to sell. Maybe we will in the summer.
      Murphy is gone anyway
      Skalak will go
      Hemed - Mmm, I don't think he will leave, not just having signed a new contract.
      Baldock, I don't think he will leave either - certainly not without having signed a replacement
      Sidwell will go
      Sadly, I think Hunemeier will go too.
      Rosenior will prob go too.
      I think we will need another FB (right-sided because I don't think Bruno will get another PLAYING contract)
      Another centre-half
      Another Centre-Mid - possibly 2 as I think Kayal might leave too if the price is right - make that 3 if Norwood is sold.
      Another Winger to make 4
      I don't see us going after another striker unless one of them leaves.
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      No 2 should be Christian Walton for starters, expect him to compete for the No 1 Jersey with Matty Ryan
      Which works as it adds a player who is Home Grown.
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      Would Walton not come back in as the third keeper (although in reality he'd probably be our 2nd choice)?

      Might be tempted to only sign one defender and bring in two more CMs. We've been fortunate Dale and Davy have stayed fit / suspension free but we are horribly under-staffed in this region. Or just hang on to Norwood.
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      I would replace Skalak with Middlesbrough's Adama Traore.
      If Boro don't go up, and we do stay-up - he would be No1 target for me.
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      Its an interesting one - where do we improve next? new centre-back? new central midfielder? new right wing? Incremental improvements, they certainly won't stand still
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      I would”d keep the German but otherwise I agree with OP
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      On the MASSIVE assumption* that we stay up, how would you change the current 25 man squad?

      Which means we have 7 slots to fill, but only 3 of these can be NON-HGP options.

      This sounds hard to deliver if we want to keep improving.

      What other configurations can you suggest?
      This summer will be an expensive one based on the bit in bold. I think the slots you've highlighted are fair, so our transfer policy of finding bargains in foreign leagues won't be able to be as fruitful and we will have to bite the bullet and pay over the odds for British players, or take big gambles on lower league players making the step up.

      I think the recruitment team will earn their money in the next few months.
      'Cause I know that you know that we know they don't know what's going on.

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