So we have seen a lot of players leaving AFC during this transfer window: Chambers, Mari, Kolasinac, AMN, Auba, Balogun amongst others…
We have seen one player join us in A. Tracy, a 23 years old American centre-back who has been loaned to the Colorado Rapids where he currently plays until June 2022. Rumour has is that he will be then loaned out to a European Club before linking up with us. He is tall, left-footed and apparently rather promising. Does that mean that he is seen as a Saliba/Mavro replacement?
Anyways, this window (barring any incoming loans) leaves us with the following squad 22-players squad:
GK: Ramsdale, Leno, Okonkwo
RB: Tomy, Cedric
CB: White, Gabriel, Holding
LB: Tierney, Tavares
DM/CM: Partey, Xhaka, Lokonga, El Neny, Patino
AM: ESR, Ode
FW: Saka, Pepe, Martinelli
CF: Laca, Nketiah
Laca is considering going back to Lyon at the end of the season and Nketiah is looking to move away from the club too, meaning we could lose both our remaining CFs this summer…As for our gaps in midfield and up front, we did not bridge them during this transfer window so it does not seem that we are stronger now than we were on December 31st.
As for our direct competition for the 4th spot, Tottenham, Villa and others did some business and retained key players so…based on the above, where do you think we will finish this season? Man Utd seems to slowly get the Rangnick way…
5th or 6th?
7th or 8th?
Below the 8th place?
Some websites foresees a 5th place finish but I think we will be 7th or 8th…I hope I am wrong..