Yes, I agree. Mullin, Payne and RHM have only featured sporadically this season and Ponticelli and Miller might as well have not been on the squad list. So in effect, we now have two strikers of decent quality, whereas previously I think we only had one (Ferrier).If 2 of his 3 strikers are unavailable there could be the option of playing Jennings or CBT as part of a makeshift front 2, although not ideal. If you treat Vaughan as a straight replacement for Mullin, I'd be interested in how much game time the other 3 you mention had. I bet it's not much and you can't really count Miller and barely Ponticelli. We were probably overstaffed based on the "hopefully one of them will make an impact" theory! I think (hope!) we are sacrificing quantity for quality which isn't a bad thing.
Agree entirely and it is exactly the kind of calculated investment required to try and retain our L1 place. Fair play, indeed, and I hope it shuts up some of the ridiculous and pre-emptive criticism that I have seen in the past few days of our management team. It's up to MM and the selected players to deliver - SWA support is a given.Fair play to Palios and co. They have really pushed the boat out in this window.
All very good players who won't have come cheap and will significantly improve us.
In terms of what I would call our better quality players I would stay we are now more stacked from an attacking perspective. Ferrier/Cook/Vaughan/CBT/Morris are, IMHO, not only 5 of our best 11 but perhaps 5 of our best 7 (8 at a push) players. Working out a formation that doesn't end up with 6-5 or 5-6 scorelines each week is, thankfully, Mickey's job!Perhaps he won't, unless it is in a front three.