My basic approach to the striker conundrum is this; if there’s an improvement on DCL, who’s gonna bag goals, hustle defenders, create space and get assists, whilst being less than £50m (sickens me to talk about that money, but it’s the market we live in), then great. Not just for the team but also for the lad to learn from.
Trouble is, even assuming money is no issue, who is there proven in the league who can do that who would come to us? Basically, no one. Not one - that description is for the likes of Aguero. So then we have to gamble on a player from another league; here, I’m out of touch. They will be very expensive (probably, although I’m not really worried about money as much as I was 5 years ago), if they flop the team suffers (plus financial losses, but see previous point in brackets) and there’s no guarantee that the player we bring in will be good for the team overall.
Basically it’s a gamble vs investment. This is the time to invest, but faith investment. Rashford didn’t look any good to start with, Kane... I’d take both of them despite never initially rating them. Yet they’re so important to their teams.
Anyone thinking that this next season is anything but a continued effort to build, securing the foundations laid after the clusterfuck of the previous 3-4 years is deluded; last season was plugging holes in a battered ship to survive. Now that we have done that, it’s time to steady things (more outs than in), and then we can build/expect for better. Change takes time and when you have the damage caused by Koeman and the precious debacle, it takes a lot of time. Much more than a season and 3 windows, after what we’ve suffered through.