very shortly we could lose the best defensive midfielder in the league which would definitely be a step backwards and a big blow to us.
Essien is the best defensive mid in the league, take off the red tinted specs. And what is your alternative? Keep a player who doesnt want to be here? Masch has wanted out since last summer, and if we keep him now he'll have a year on his contract next time.
As much as the doom mongerers and the panic spreaders will come out of the woodwork, everyone knows deep down that keeping Masch this summer would be ludicrous.
We need to get him sold asap and go after one of martinez, banega, defour or hamsik.
This is a good signing, particularly if he can alos play backup for lb...presumably this explains why kyri has been linked away.
I think we'll get Figueroa shortly, so that would leave us with, in order of first choice/backup/youth
Rb - Johnson, Carra, Kelly
Cb - Carra, Agger, Skrtel, Wilson
Lb - Figueroa, Agger, Wilson
With 2 left footed ball playing Cbs I think we'll be ok with 1 dedicated Lb.