But in addition to not many signings being made, recent reports have suggested, somewhat surprisingly for me, that Michael Laudrup wants to trim the current 34 man squad down to a streamlined 22.
It's a bold move by the new manager, and something I can imagine may not have happened under Rodgers, but whether it does happen or not, it gives us a chance to take a look at the squad; what we can afford to lose, and what we definitely can't.
Erik Larsen, Laudrup's assistant, said in the week: "It's not the case that there's only room for 22. These things develop so if someone gets injured you can add more." At least this means Laudrup hasn't gone crazy and is aware that some depth is needed.
It would be hard to speculate exactly who would go if Laudrup does have his way, mainly because I don't know what he has planned for the summer transfer window. He may well have two new strikers lined up, so keeping the likes of Luke Moore, Leroy Lita and Rory Donnelly would be pointless. However, as I say, nobody knows.
So, hypothetically, let's assume Ludrup will bring five new players to the club. Ideally these would be: a centre-back, a right/left back, a striker, an attacking midfielder or a winger, and a spare keeper. With those in mind, this is how I would trim the squad down to 22:
Swansea City (in association with ForzaSwansea.com) 22-man squad:
New Goalkeeper #1
New CB #2
New LB #3
New CAM/Winger #4
Leroy Lita or Luke Moore
New Striker #5
You may notice that I've only listed 20 at the moment - I haven't mentioned Scott Sinclair and Stephen Dobbie. We'll move onto those two in a moment, but first, let's look at my choices.
While most are pretty straightforward and will not need justifying to the reasonable fan, you'll notice I've included Alan Tate and Garry Monk. Both are getting on in terms of stamina and quality, but Monk has proved he can cope in the Premier League, while Tate has also shown he can help out at times, and is useful cover for any position across the back four. For their lengthy service to the club they must be kept, at least for one more season.
Gerhard Tremmel is required as a back up keeper, while Kemy Agustien has shown his worth and will surely feature more now that he is fit and Sigurdsson has buggered off. As for the Lita/Moore choice, we only need one of these underachievers and I'd edge towards Leroy Lita personally - three decent strikers (including a new first choice ahead of Graham) would be enough under Swansea's system.
Andrea Orlandi is one who stunned quite a few Swans fans by scoring the fastest Premier League goal for five seasons, in a rare appearance against Wolves last season. In that game he showed some flair and skill - enough to intrigue me to keep him around. He would need to prove something in the first half of the season though, or he should be gone by Christmas.
Before we get onto the list of who must leave the club, what about Sinclair and Dobbie?
Scott Sinclair was given an ultimatum by Swansea: sign or be sold. A choice I support because Sinclair would end up leaving for free otherwise. If we're being honest, he hasn't looked happy at the club in recent months. The winger has been linked with Fulham in the past few days, a move I'd support for £5million. It would be a shame to see him go, but if he does, Laudrup could use the space (and the cash) to buy a replacement winger.
Elsewhere, we all know the Stephen Dobbie story. Amazing Championship player, not so hot when it comes to the Premier League. Will Laudrup gamble on his past abilities, or will he see him as a wage burden and not one for his streamlined squad?
So, if those are the ones we keep, who are the players that must go?
You'll agree that none on this list have really set the footballing world alight, and – if Laudrup has his way – these would most likely be the casualties.
It was a shame to put Ashley Richards and Mark Gower on the list, as Gower was relatively solid in the final Championship season and Richards is a Welsh talent that has shown some potential. But neither would worm their way into my 22 man squad.
Elsewhere, Curtis Obeng and Darnel Situ were brought to the club in an odd panic buying spree by Rodgers last season, and ended up tied up in contract chaos, so didn't feature apart from in the reserves. Rory Donnelly seemed an interesting prospect, but if it's down to 22 he is going to have to go as he hasn't proved what he can do yet. Meanwhile, Fede Bessone is just using up wages for doing nothing.
The youngsters are all obvious casualties – they may have potential, but don't have the experience. It would take a major disaster to see many of them featuring in the Premier League next season.
Hey, I could be wrong. Laudrup may hate the way Dyer moves and chose Bessone to be the new winger. He may think Vorm is overrated and give Tate another chance in goals. Who knows!?
I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on my selection. Is it silly to keep Tate and Monk? Would you do all you can to keep Sinclair? Are both Lita and Moore worth holding onto? Is Obeng the answer we're actually looking for in defence?
Agree with most of those mate but i would like to see Jazz and Donnelly retained, Jazz looked ok when called upon last season, Donnelly is a young prospect who should be kept for 1 more season, don't forget we fought off the likes of Liverpool to sign him so there must be something there. Tate and Monk agree playing staff for 1 more season then should be bought into the back room set up in some capacity! Great rticle as always though!!ReplyDelete
Yeah from what I'm hearing via Twitter, Ashley Richards should be left in the squad. I'm sure Laudrup will see it too and keep him (maybe instead of an additional new buy).Delete
I've also heard now (shows what research I did...) that 3 of the squad must be under 22 years old. But if three of the five new signings come in are under 22 that's my problem solved!
Thanks for the comments, Cheers!
Interesting read mate. Agree with most of it but when Ash Richards came in he looked decent. Orlandi was an interesting choiceReplyDelete
I agree with (Korean)ReplyDelete
Not sure Tremmel would be in my squad and would love to see Sinclair play centre forward and maybe bring in someone else on the left flankReplyDelete
Thanks for the comment Martin. I agree Tremmel isn't ideal, but with Moreira leaving, we'd need one more keeper in case Vorm get's injured. That's my thinking anyway! CheersDelete
Rory Donnelly, Curtis Obeng, Darnel Situ and Gwion Edwards are all top class youngsters. They will NOT be thrown on the scrap heap. This 22 man squad is not to be taken literally. The Premier League needs a squad of up to 25. Add Jazz Richards to my list and you will see at least three of them make the 25.ReplyDelete