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Squad Status: 2013/2014 Season

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So, Malouda, Benayoun, Ferreira, Hilario, and Turnbull have all left the football club from the first team.

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So, Malouda, Benayoun, Ferreira, Hilario, and Turnbull have all left the football club from the first team.

Were any of them in the first team last season? They only made 2 PL starts between them.

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Were any of them in the first team last season? They only made 2 PL starts between them.

At least we're not wasting money on any of them this season though. Could definitely see Marin getting shifted out this year too.

Can anyone please post the squad including restrictions based on CL and Prem rules?

I would do it myself but I'm sure someone will have done it already.

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Were any of them in the first team last season? They only made 2 PL starts between them.

They were all part of the first team, bar Malouda who got shifted. It's not exactly a surprise those individuals didn't start many games.

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They were all part of the first team, bar Malouda who got shifted. It's not exactly a surprise those individuals didn't start many games.

I take it you mean first team squad then. I'm not sure Ferreira really was though. It seemed to me there was plenty of opportunity to pick him but that the managers didn't want to. He was no more a squad member than Malouda IMO.

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Jose goes for, and uses, 20 outfield players and 3 GK's. We'll probably travel to America with a squad of 30, before we've added anyone new, so there should be some quality competition for squad spots this summer.

For example, after Oscar, Mata and E.Hazard we'll have De Bruyne, Moses, Marin, Kakuta, Piazon, T.Hazard and Davila competing for 3, maybe 4 spots, and that's before Schurrle arrives, possibly another.

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Do we even need a 25 man squad anymore now that Sir Alex Ferguson is gone?

I mean, which other manager is capable of grinding out that sort of consistency from a squad rendering the competition completely inadequate unless they spend massive amounts to maintain a huge squad filled with players good enough to compete for places...?

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So players who are more or less sure to stay.

GK: Cech

RB: Azpi, Ivan

CB: Cahill, JT, Luiz

LB: Cole

CM: Lampard, Mikel, Ramires

AM: Mata, Hazard, Moses, Oscar

S: Ba, Lukaku

Question marks: Bertrand, Marin, Romeu, Torres

Out: Malouda, Turnbull, Hilario, Ferreira, Benayoun

Loanees (where we have a decision to make): KDB, Chalobah, Courtois, McEachran, T. Hazard, Davila, Kakuta, Kalas, Omereu, Van Aanholt, Bruma, Piazon (might have forgotten someone?)

Youngsters: Ake, RLC, Christensen, Blackman, Wallace (signed already but not yet arrived).

Looking at that, it's easy to conclude that we will have to go to the market. Right now we look thin at GK, CB, LB, CM, AM and S. Jose likes 3 keepers and around 20 players (like hanuma has stated already). Meaning we are 7 players (first team players) plus a few youngsters short.

Lets just assume that Jose manages to get Courtois back and opts for Blackman as third choice. That's GK sorted.

GK: Cech, Courtois, Blackman

Defence we need either a LB or we take PvA back or give Bertrand another chance. CB is a must and I wouldn't be alien to give Wallace a shot as well. But most likely he'll go out on loan.

RB: Azpi, Ivan

CB: Luiz, JT, Cahill, New CB

LB: Cole, Bertrand/PvA/New LB

At CM we are light. I'd love for Oscar to play deeper, meaning we might only be one CM short.

CM: Lampard, Mikel, Ramires, Oscar, New CM

We are desperately short on AMs. If we use Oscar at CM we might be as much as two players short here. I'd bring back KDB and buy the other.

AM: Mata, Hazard, Moses, KDB, New AM.

Up front we desperately need a striker.

S: New striker, Lukaku, Ba

That's five new signings and two loanees back.

As for the 'youngsters', Ake, Chalobah & Piazon are good enough to fill a role. Giving us:

GK: Cech, Courtois, Blackman

RB: Azpi, Ivan

CB: Luiz, JT, Cahill, New CB

LB: Cole, New LB

CM: Lampard, Mikel, Oscar, Ramires, New CM, Chalobah, Ake

AM: Mata, Hazard, Moses, KDB, New AM, Piazon

S: New Striker, Lukaku, Ba

That's 24 outfield players incl youngsters. Depending on the signings (of course!) we should be a decent shape.

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