We have Agger, Carragher, Skrtel and Soto. I have faith in Kelly to do the business this season if needed due to injuries. I think Wilson could also do it (please stop playing him at LB). Ayala/Wisdom can play in cup games. Then lets also take into account we aren't in European competition.
Unless we're buying a continental class CB who will slot into our first XI for the next 5 seasons, I'd rather not spend 10M+ on the likes of Dann. Instead smack that 10M+ on the LB position and get a really strong first choice target like Cissokho or complete our midfield with one more wide attacking option (RAWK fans say Mata).
Disagree. Saying we have Agger, Carra, Skrtel and Soto is basically the equivalent of saying we have Carra, Skrtel and Soto. Even when you have Agger, you can't count on having him; this is the whole problem. I think we need to bring in a quality CB this window and, unfortunately, that leads me to the inevitable conclusion of selling Agger. Comolli has already made it known that we will be valuing a player's fitness record which does not bode well for Daniel. I can't see the logic in keeping Agger and signing a new CB as that would mean one of Carra or Skrtel would have to be 4th choice for CB and Soto would be our 5th choice. That's a bit too much of a logjam for me (as you rightly point out we have no European football) and I can't see Carra or Skrtel being happy with that. Conversely, I can't see much logic in not signing anyone unless we are very
confident that one of our youngsters is ready to perform at CB immediately (I am not). Based on Agger's history there is no way in hell we can count on a full season from him; it would be irresponsible to do so. That would mean that without signing another CB there we will be a point in the season where we are looking at a first choice pairing of Skrtel-Carra and Soto as third choice. Fowler forbid anything happens to one of Skrtel or Carra during the period when Agger is out and we could be looking at a first choice of Carra-Soto or Skrtel-Soto (either scares me to death for more than one game).
I just can't justify the allocation of wages and squad places for five veteran CBs and I dare not count on Agger giving us an injury-free season. The only solution I can rationally see is to cash in on Agger this summer and bring in a reliable, quality CB. I would love it to be a coup of a signing (Subotic/Hummels/Lovren), but frankly any solid CB that we can count on for 30+ league games (Dann, for instance) is probably an upgrade on our current situation. I would really hate selling Agger because he is such quality and a really good lad to boot, but the more and more I think about this situation I just can't see any other logical recourse for Kenny and Comolli.