No no, of course it won't. It's just the thought that amuses me. Not because I have anything against him. On the contrary, I'd wish him well wherever he goes. I guess it's just all this assumption that he's off somewhere, signed sealed delivered, that I'd like to see jilted.It won’t be though.
The one player I would love to keep is Kelechi. He'd have a field-day in the Championship. And yes, he's not been beyond criticism this season - those chances missed at Southampton spring to mind - but he's one of the very few whose effort and commitment I've never questioned.
I think a defence involving Iversen, Souttar, Justin and Kristiansen would do well in the Championship. I actually think in terms of their development, the Championship will be good for Souttar and Kristiansen. I think they were both good long-term signings. Would have been great if we were comfortably mid-table and they only played a very minor bit-part this season. Neither were ready to be thrown into a Premier League relegation scrap.
I can't see anyone taking a punt on Ricardo. He'd be good in the Championship, but I can't see his body holding up. We clearly need centre back reinforcements.
The midfield needs major surgery. Agree that we'll likely have KDH and Choudhury. The idea of either being a regular is not appealing. I'll be glad to see the back of Tielemans - he left a long time ago. I don't see a long list of suitors for Ndidi. He could be great for us if he can recapture even half of the player that he was, but that is a big 'if'.
And we will definitely need new attacking options. If we rake in some money through sales we should go out and get a player who has proven they can score goals at Championship level - Gyokeres, for instance. Who knows what the future holds for Vardy. Whatever it is, it won't be playing 30+ games in an even more physical league next season.
We'll clearly lose Maddison. And we'll almost certainly lose Barnes too. We can only hope to get as much of a transfer fee as possible. Castagne and Praet will move on, most likely to another European league. With Faes being in the Belgian squad and supposedly playing well in League 1, I think we'll have offers for him. I'm not as down on Vestegaard as seemingly everyone else, but if we get offers, we should accept. Soumare will likely get a move back to France. Not sure about Daka - I wouldn't be surprosed if we got offers. But equally, he's hardly enhanced his reputation since he joined us. If he's with us next season, could he score a hatful at that level?
And obviously with no Maddison or Barnes, we'll need to try and add some attacking creativity.
I'd sell Danny Ward in a heartbeat if we get a half-decent offer for him. Keep Iversen as number one and give Smithies another one-year contract as backup. Or if he's shit, find another experienced backup who's available free or on the cheap.
Of the out of contract players, the only one I'd consider possibly offering a contract to is Amartey. At Championship level he could be a very useful squad player.
I think Perez is out of contract now anyway.Barnes, Maddison and Castagne will all have takers - dunno what Perez has been up to, but probably him as well if he’s been any good. JJ as well, obviously, if he recovers from injury before the windows slams shut. Ndidi possibly.
Anyone else capable of attracting any real interest is out of contract anyway
Be amazed if we get buyers for anyone else but if we do we will certainly take pretty much any offer made