Hello, good morning, and happy Transfer Deadline Day. Here is what we’re expecting, in rough order of importance:
First, Marouane Fellaini might leave for China. Second, Andreas Pereira might leave for somewhere else, although his manager apparently doesn’t want him to, so we’ll see. Third, there might be some tinkering around the edges with reserves, youngsters, loans, and so on and suchlike.
Fourth, WESLEY SNEIJDER! No, just kidding. There isn’t really a fourth.
In ordinary times, this might be a good winter to go big. There are some obvious holes in the squad, yet they’ve dragged themselves back into the race for the top four, and have more money than anybody reasonably knows what to do with. Try to kick on, no?
But these are interim times, and nobody’s really in charge yet, and as such restraint is understandable. Still, it does mean we’ll be seeing more of Phil Jones. You’ll need to make your peace with that.