I’m going to use my first transfer of the month tomorrow morning and I’m sticking to the plan I’d made towards the end of August. It’s going to be a straight swap with B. Silva coming out and Mane coming in. This is for two simple reasons. B. Silva has been benched far too often this season for my liking. I want a player who is valued at over 4m to be a certain starter. Secondly Mane isn’t far off being a striker but is classified as a midfielder on the game. This advanced playing position makes him more desirable and he’s much more certain of game time. So the transfer is:
B. Silva out
I’ll obviously only put this transfer through if Mane is starting against Newcastle. If he’s benched (which would be hard to imagine) then I’ll hold fire for the time being.
With regards to any other transfers for the month. Otamendi would be a player who is top of my list to bring in but this isn’t something I can make happen at the moment. The second transfer I’ve got planned is Mina or Maitland-Niles out for James. However with the fixtures for the weekend I’m not in any rush to make this transfer. I’m basically looking at the three players and running through the options – is it more likely that Mina will get a clean sheet or Maitland-Niles will keep a clean sheet or James will score? At this point in time I don’t think there’s an obvious answer to this question. I’d probably say it’s slightly more likely that James will score but I don’t think it’s clear cut. As a result it makes sense to hold this transfer. What I will be doing over the game week is evaluating all three players and then making a decision for the next game week. I mainly want to see if James or Maitland-Niles get game time during the Europa League before making a final decision.
Even if I were to bring in James for say the more expensive Mina. This still wouldn’t leave me enough in the bank to replace Maitland-Niles with Otamendi. Had this move been on the cards I may have been tempted to go with all three transfers off the bat.
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