he was our best signing last season
dipped off at the end but even then he still contributed the odd moment of quality
i don't believe we'll be bringing in a top quality winger - think if we do bring in someone it'll be a young player, so i'd defo keep him for another season
He certainly performed in line with what we needed. I only have one critisism of the signing as such. We signed an older player, when we already had older players for the job we wanted to use him for.
We should buy a LM/RM this summer. Look at our options now - Bellamy, Cole, Downing, Maxi. They're 33, 30, 28, 31. Cole will be 31 later this year and Maxi turns 32 in January. If we don't buy now, we may have to sign 2-3 players at the same time. Means a lot of money is forced to go there and it's bad for the manager. He's forced to act, when he'd like to be able to choose where to spend.
The right thing to do is to sell one or even two of those four this summer. If not Bellamy, then expect to replace him next summer. And I think Maxi's contract is up next summer. That pretty much forces us to buy two players next summer. And those are the two that offer the team something.
Unfortunately for us, the youngest option, the one we should build around for the future, Downing, has been very disappointing. And then there's Cole, who is still causing the manager a headache because of the incompetent people who signed him.
We have four options that could/should all be replaced within the next 12 months. We may have to be pro-active here and take the offers we get. The important thing being that we can't hold on to any of those four options too much. It will be interesting to see how Rodgers solves it.