I think it's important to note that this season much of our poor form has coincided with the fallout from the Suarez affair. I think this current squad is good enough to push for at least top 6 and doesn't really need more than two or three well considered players to muscle into the cl fight. In all the doom let us not forget that we have played some quality football this season, our defense is already one of the best and the middle crux of lucas, gerrard and suarez is yet to play a prolonged period together.
While I mentioned above that I wouldn't trust the figures being conjured by journalists, the money from aquilani (oh the despair!), joe cole, kuyt etc plus 20m should be enough to get this team purring into a well oiled engine. And then we can all enjoy kenny's smile.
Maybe we have more quality tyan we have seen, but this is the third year in a row that we are 6-8th, so I think we need to acknowledge that we have some distance to go. We have at least six teams who are better than us. That's clear. If we accept that, our chances to improve will be greater.
Last summer we made a big thing of Comolli and our new approach and it's not worked. That's why Comolli got sacked. And I believe our poor return in the transfer market, paired with the loss of quality players in recent years, has put us in a very difficult position. to be honest, if we look 3-4 years ahead, I think we are in greater danger of cementing ourselves as a mid-table side than being title challengers. We don't have too many players who can bring in lots of money if we sell them. We are nowhere near a CL spot. The supposed 20-30M in transfer budget is what we can expect and we need to catch up. Means our margins for error in the transfer market are quite slim if we want to fight with the teams above us. Now look at our older players: Carra, Aurelio, Gerrard, Kuyt, Bellamy, Maxi. We will have to replace them all soon. That won't be easy. won't bring in much if we sell and expensive to replace.
We need to be very, very good over the next few windows. Very clever. Sami, Reina, Arbeloa, Gary Mac, Babbel,... those are the types of signings we need to match in terms of value for money. Every big money signing has to be a Mascherano, Torres, Suarez type of deal. Guaranteed first pick and a consistent, top level player. The effects of last summer's mistake can come back to haunt us for quite some time.