After a hectic start to the transfer window, things have gone a bit quiet, due, I suspect, to Lambert’s wish to offload as many of the usual suspects as he can before any further new signings are made.
So, what are your views on our starting line-up as things currently stand?
I can see us lining up come first day of the new season like so;
Guzan Lowton Okore Vlaar Luna (?) Sylla Westwood Delph Weimann Benteke Agbonlahor.
Perhaps not too hard to predict.
We’ve as yet seen no real sign of that £10-12 million, go straight into the side signing, so if things stay that way, my guess is that the only definite starter among “the new boys” is our new central defender.
I believe that Lambert sees him as going straight into the side. Luna is a likely starter, I think; I know little of the player personally but it strikes me that Lambert will pick him ahead of Bennett, who showed signs of improvement latterly, but who strikes me as more of a left sided midfielder and who looks a weak link at left back to me.
We have the pre-season and warm-ups for Lambert to look at things, of course, but barring injuries or a superbly impressive display from someone, I think by and large he’ll stick by the players who ended last season so positively once the serious business starts.
Which will put the onus on the new faces and our younger players to force their way in as the season progresses.
Perhaps we now have some decent competition for places again!
That’s my take on things as they currently stand, although it will get very interesting indeed if we succeed in shifting some more dead wood and one or two “marquee” signings arrive.
Do you broadly agree, or has anybody got a different, more radical take on things?