The transfer window is now just a few days away and we currently have a defence with the stability of a chocolate kettle. Manager Dean Smith will know he needs to sort it out. It remains a mystery as to why Steve Bruce thought it was a good idea to allow Tommy Elphick to leave on loan. Especially following a goal and a good performance against Hull in the opening game of the season.
The decision has been described as criminal by certain people in the media. With just two first-team centre-halves it was always just a matter of time before it comes back to haunt us.
Making do with what we have
Axel Tuanzebe is the latest player to join our injury list. The young Manchester United loanee has arguably been one of our better players so far this season. It is thought, although not confirmed, that the defender will be missing for around 7-8 weeks.
In last Sunday’s game against Leeds United, Smith opted for James Bree to step in for the injured Tuanzebe. Although the full-back did well, it is clear to see that he is more suited to playing out wide.
Neil Taylor is another who is currently on the injury list. Although Alan Hutton is a fan favourite, he is not a left-back. The bombing runs are nowhere near as affecting and he doesn’t see as much of the ball.
Lets not even begin to talk about Ahmed Elmohammady’s recent form. Although he did look better in our victory over Swansea on boxing day.
Strengthening in January
The January transfer window allows Smith to strengthen the side at the back. He has already purchased a new goalkeeper in Lovre Kalinić. Now he needs to look at strengthening the rest of the defence.
Elphick’s return will take some pressure off signing someone at a cost. He has been in form for Hull City with some of their fans describing him as their best player so far this season.
A new centre-back and left-back are vital. A new right-back wouldn’t go amiss either although it isn’t a position that is as vital.
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