There is a really awful expression in the USA that even though I can’t stop myself agreeing with it I cringe whenever I hear it.
“You have to be able to kill your babies”
This is a round about way of answering GB.
“The big question now is do we need to offload a couple of our good players to allow for those to come in that have a different skill set and strengthen the key areas to re-balance us?”
I am guessing that this comment does not apply to Walcott or Oxlaide-Chamberlain as most wouldn’t shed a single tear if they left and were upgraded with someone who actually has some close control to get round the likes of Sunderlands buses, a Mahrez for example would do the trick.
No, I am guessing that this question is applies to someone we care about.
We have talked about Ramsey and how he is shoe horned into the team on the right wing because he is too important to leave on the bench. He is not as good as Ozil but he is an extremely important asset to the club hence the reason for shoehorning.
Shoehorn: to make space for a player in the team in a position that he would not usually play in. (from the dictionary according to LB)
Back to Ramsey: if we brought a naturally right sided attacker who was better than we have right now would we or the club care as much about Ramsey? Let me use an extreme example: if we brought Messi (who does predominately play on the right) would anyone care if part of the deal was to sell Ramsey, especially if we remember that ,although, the Welshman might be the second best number 10 we would still have the best in Ozil?
And we arrive at that awful expression: you have to be able to kill your babies.