I do agree with alot of what you say Morty.Of course there is a middle ground, but it costs money. More money than we are willing to spend right now. The ultimate middle ground I guess right now is Liverpool. Like I said earlier, how much do you think better Premiership defenders that the ones we have, cost? We currently have 4 central defenders in contract, 3 of them on long ones. We have two full backs and a third who can cover either position. In an attempt to be more solid defensively we loaned an upgrade on Tettey that hasn't worked out, that is life, sometimes they don't. And he has ended up having to cover at centre back due to our terrible luck with injuries. I can 100% guarantee you that if we had been able to name a settled back 5 all season, and Amadou had worked out, we would have conceded far less goals.
The plan is clearly to stick to our style and give the Prem a go without over extending ourselves and spending money we don't have. If we stay up, all well and good, we continue to build. If we go down, we will inevitably sell a few players, but we go down debt free, with parachute payments and some transfer money in our back pockets, then we go again, in a very, very strong position. And who knows, maybe next time we come up, we're stronger, and stay in the Prem. That is the plan, as I see it, so I totally "get" how we are doing business, and why.
I would suggest that large proportion of Amadou's problem has been the way he has been managed. Not being played in his position.
It's also disingenuous to suggest that the defensive players we need are Liverpool standard. Obviously we can't spend 75 million on a Van Dyke, but we have spent on a huge number of midfielders. They weren't 15 - 20 million pound players but they all have cost, just we continually bring in midfielders, not defenders or strikers.
I believe that ain't right.
And yes, our defenders have been given extended contracts, despite conceding a huge amount of goals as far back as we can remember. I suggest that either they're not good enough, so why did we give them the contracts, or they're not being coached effectively. Jamal actually said as much when last week he compared goals scored by set pieces, we're bottom of that, I'd rather they start with goals not being conceded at set pieces, but there you go.