With three mainstays of last season’s starting eleven heading out the exit door, there is concern that they won’t be adequately replaced.
John Terry, Robert Snodgrass and Sam Johnstone will either not be returning, or are very unlikely to be at the club next season. Their influence both on and off the field will be sorely missed.
Fans on Twitter have had a lengthy debate over who should replace these senior players:
— Jacob (@JacobFurnell10) 31 May 2018
We have no money.
— ???? (@tomvlaa) 31 May 2018
I think based on the three people he brought in last season in those positions we have to trust Bruce to do it again.
— Brian Ellison (@ellison1604) 31 May 2018
– Dean Henderson Loan
– Aden Flint
– Harry Wilson Loan!
— ' (@Villianboy93_) 31 May 2018
Steer suliman green
— Lee jones (@Stix1874) 31 May 2018
Keeper we should look at Krul or Robles, both on Bosmans, I'd look to loan someone like Lewis Baker from Chelsea, CB is the difficult one. Also think we need a new left back.
— Villa Engine (@B4lrajSingh) 31 May 2018
Bring in Danny Ward from Liverpool
— Joe Frost (@Frostyz___) 31 May 2018
— British Clive (@BritishBuIIdog) 31 May 2018
Dean Henderson, Sean Clare, Scott Mckenna and a certain Centre Forward availa
ble on a free from Hull! We have plenty of dead wood we can shift!
— ADW (@andylochead9) 31 May 2018
• Dean Henderson (loan)
• Aden Flint
• Andre Green (if he can stay fit)
Alternatively, if we have the funds, Jean-Philippe Mateta on loan from @OL
— George Hartley (@hartleyunited) 31 May 2018
Danny Ward (loan) Dean Henderson
Harry Wilson (loan)
— Kev (@Kevavfc1993) 31 May 2018
Krul – flint – green
— GT (@gfunkvilla83) 31 May 2018
GK – Gunn on loan or Periera.
CB – Elphick/Clark/Bedeau.
Winger – Green/Kodjia.
— WF (@WFAPEX) 31 May 2018
Henderson, Tuanzebe, Green
— Scott (@CaptainScott87) 31 May 2018
At the moment, there are a fair few questions to answer even before we even consider who we will be signing. Will Steve Bruce still be in charge? Who can we afford to keep and who will have to be sold?
Certainly, the positions vacated by the likes of Terry will need to be filled, but these could very well be taken up by loan players or youngsters. Some inspired bargain signings and excellent recruitment is needed to navigate through this difficult summer and we’ll just have to wait and see if the right decisions are made.