Regarding Dann, I admit I didn't watch Birmingham that much but to be honest, I think he'll do good at our defense, I wanted Jones as he is a ball playing defender but since he seems destined to join Manchester United, I think Dann is a good shout to buy. However there is a difference of the style of play between Dann and Jones as it seems Jones is more of a ball playing defender while Dann is a more of a center defender who just takes the ball from the opposition and gives it straight away to a team mate. Also Dann isn't as young as Jones but he is also not that old and if anything we saw last season, it is that Kenny and especially Clark can improve the way our players defend as evident by the massive improvements to Johnson's and Skrtel's defending in the latter stages of the season.
I think Dann can be a replacement to Carra, and a good player to use till Wisdom matures enough to become a first team player, I think we should sell Soto and take in Dann, and with Wilson going on loan to Rangers (this will give him much needed experience especially that Rangers will play in Europe next season). If we an sell Agger for a good sum of money and bring in a ball playing defender who is less injury prone with a reasonable price that don't affect the net pay that much then I'm all for it.
Otherwise, it doesn't seem wise to me to play with 4 CBs with one injured for the most part of the season while the others have almost the same style and one of them is 34 years of age, especially that we'll have one less option now that Wilson is back at Rangers and Kelly is unproven as a CB.
The plan should be like this:
- This year we buy Dann and a new ball playing defender, sell Agger for a good amount of money and Soto. Our four CBs are new CB, Dann, Skrtel and Carra. Carra could be relied upon in helping the two new buys settle and he won't cause too much fuss if he doesn't play week in, week out. Skrtel, if he continues his form from the end part of last season will be a good relied upon option, Dann is also a good relied upon option as well who will play more against physical opponents, the new ball playing defender should be our main defender next season, while Carra will play against the tough oppositions, same way Chelsea employed Makelele during his later years there.
- Next year, Wilson returns, Carra stays with us but accepts that his playing time will be minimal, our four CBs stay as they are plus Wilson (who will still be young to be registered), while Wisdom is loaned to a lower PL club or a championship club to prove himself at first team level.
-Year after, Carra moves up to management, our back four are: new ball playing defender, Skrtel, Dann and Wilson plus Wisdom (who gets to play in cup matches and against easier oppositions)
-Year after, we sell Skrtel, who will be 30 and buy a new young CB or upgrade from the academy.