it all goes back to the theory of Soccernomics (or whatever they call it)
sell a 30 yr old, buy a 23 yr old.
our problem right now is that following the H+G era we have not replaced adequately.
who can be blamed?
H+G they don't need discussing Cancers that have crippled our club
did the squad go in ready for 09/10?
no! We had a number of injuries to the point where Ayala started the first home game last season Benitez sought to fill this problem with a 1.5m Kyriagos (whom has been a huge success)
Maxi came in on a free, and Glenn was our spending of the Alonso money (i know not all of it)
where we as strong in 09/10 as 08/09? not a chance.
What could have been done to rectify this?
Well Benitez could have moved Babel on and used the 8-12m to fund a more reliable player, although he probably never seen the money. He could have sold a few others, but again would never have seen the money
What about Purslow + Hodgson
Cole on a free who could offer something but has not yet
Poulsen (whom i think is worse than voronin) the less said the better
Konchesky - can do a job but was not required (we had insua at minimum) the £10m spent on these two would have been far better on one player
Miereles - I think he can offer alot but his game is going downhill since coming here,
(Jovanovic Shelvey wilson in from Benitez era for pittance)
we have a squad whom of the top 5 performers (Gerrard, Torres , Kuyt, Carra + Reina) 3 are losing form, and are unlikely to get it back 3 are still world class players (Gerrard is included in both categories)
we have a number of players bought as a temporary measure but not offer anything in the long run(Poulsen,Kyriagos,Jovanovic, Maxi ) they could still 'do a job'
Leaving only a few we can still expect to fight for the league and deliver (Gerrard, Torres, Lucas, Agger , Reina, Raul, Johnson Aurelio)
of course we still have potential in (Kelly , Pacheco , Wilson, Suso, Shelvey,Ince, Eccelston)
any others not mentioned (Skrtyl, Cole, Konchesky, Babel) are probably just bench players that where bought in to improve the team but are not succeeding at this time
we have a thin grounding of talent that when challenged to play three games in 7 days will not deliver (especially when that first game is against man u and only 10 men for an hour)
I think Kenny realised this and saw to put Poulsen out to rest others as best he could.
With injuries and fatigue we have 6 players on average available at a given time with enough quality to challenge for top four this is not enough!
we need 4, minimum, young, exciting and confident players, to come in to bolster the team and moral and give us the opportunity to ship some weight.
how can this be funded?
Kuyt 8-10m? (player on the wane)
Babel 8-10m? (i would really love him to succeed here!)
konchesky 3-5m? (cut our losses)
Cole 3-5m? (probably worth more but huge wage bill)
poulsen 1m? (would be decent buy for Tranmere)
skrtyl 3-7m (decent player just not performing)
Kyriagos, 1m? ( may be worth keeping hold of him seems popular)
Jovanovic 2-3m (odd free buy may have been successful worth a risk on a free)
Maxi 3-4m ( has played well on occasion but not good enough for AM therefore not good enough for us would be a reasonable sub)
so thats ~£30m with keeping a few enough for 2-3 players of quality, tie in some investment (earnings and sponsorship no real investment required)
~£50m for a overhaul of 7 players out and 4 players in could revitalise us for next year
(turns off champ man)