muirinhoDenver RoyalOld Man Andrews
He's 26 and signed a 4 year deal, he's not here as cover. Gunter will be sold, absolute guarantee.
Agree, I don't see him as cover. This signing could have a trickle down affect for some others, too. There may be less opportunities now for the likes of Blackett or Ilori to masquerade as full-backs. Which could presumably mean they either cut it full time at CB, or not...
If they sell Gunter they need to get in another full-back. Clement was complaining about lack of competition/backup - how is that solved by doing a one-in one-out replacement? Especially since Obita will only be coming back from injury.
Might happen at Christmas though, if Obita comes back well in the first half of the season.
Maybe he rates Watson from training sessions enough to let him act as back up all season? If Gunter goes that leaves Yiadom, Watson and Bacuna at RB and Obita, Richards and Blackett at LB.
It does seem unlikely that he has faith in Watson but perhaps he spoke with him and told him to focus on recovery for next season rather than needlessly call him up to the first team after a long injury layoff?
I understand users were unimpressed with Watson's return in the u23s but he's young still and perhaps not ready to play as Mich as the coach's thought.
Obviously Blackett, Watson and Richards aren't as good a back up as Gunter (lacking experience more than anything) but I'd rather see 2 in each position with a 3rd option in Bacuna and Blackett for each flank. If we can sell Gunter, we should.