Its going to be a strange few weeks knowing our survival has now been confirmed, but next seasons squad needs to be sorted out too. We know Bielsa only wants a small squad of 18 first team players and back-filled with a few Under 23 players. I am going to suggest that Alioski will be gone and so too will Pablo, Forshaw, Berardi, Kiko. I also feel there are question marks on Roberts, Poveda, Shackelton, Davies and Casey. Some may want to add Costa or prefer to keep Roberts etc. My squad Raphinha New signing New Signing New Signing Bamford Meslier Phillips Rodrigo Dallas Llorente’ Harrison Struijk Ayling Klich Cooper Huggins Greenwood Gelhardt Costa Jenkins Summerville. Drameh So I have 22 players above which gives Bielsa more scope to add Roberts and Poveda or even Forshaw for that matter. Roberts has had a few good games but is he adding anything on a regular basis. I will not be upset either way and likewise with Poveda. I expected the ‘wizard’ to have pushed Costa and forced his way into the team way more than he has done. With having Summerville now pushing Poveda and Costa maybe its time Poveda is moved on? Roberts is also holding back Gelhardt and Greenwood. Jenkins, Gelhardt and Greenwood can replace Pablo, with Joffy and Sam also able to cover for Bamford and Rodrigo. Alioski is easily replaced by Huggins who can also cover for Harrison. Drameh can replace Berardi and also cover for Ayling. I have also factored in 3 new signings which could be a left back and a couple of top midfielders or even a striker? I think this squad is an improvement on this seasons squad but Bielsa may have a few ideas himself. We know Bielsa likes his players to be able to do more than one position, yet we have Poveda and Costa who are only ever used on the RW and sometimes swap over to LW. Harrison has played LB, LWB and striker. Huggins has actually played in 3 different positions in one game for Bielsa and has been called Bielsa’s new Dallas. Joffy and Sam play anywhere from 7, 8, 9, 10. so any new players I suspect will be able to cover a couple of positions. Bielsa uses Raphinha wide left and wide right but has said he believes he can play as a 10. some of the wingers we are rumoured to be looking at are playing out wide or as attacking mids. Rodrigo can play wide left or right or as an 8, 9 or 10. We know what Llorente and Koch can play in various roles, so fully expecting a special LB and special winger as a minimum coming in this Summer. Cresswell will be kept on but really as skipper for the 23s but may get a game for the first team in cups. I think Casey and Davies will either be loaned out or sold as Davies has had his chance and didn’t take it, and with Casey we have a great pairing with Cresswell in the 23s but he’s now at an age where we know he is too far down the ladder to be a first teamer and what will another year in the 23s do for his career. The teams need to be upgraded and refreshed as improvements will be needed for both the first team for another season in the Premier League, and the U23s who will be playing in the Premier League 2 Division 1 next season after winning the title in L2 this season. Last season we brought in Greenwood, Summerville, Drameh and Gelhardt. Yes all 4 will still be playing a part next season but I suspect they will expect to be part of the first team squad. The 23s are going to be up against Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea etc so will Orta and Bielsa bring in new recruits to help the 23s compete as I suspect its going to be a step up in class again for them, even though they smashed it this season. There’s a progression for some of the U18s to the 23s too as some 23s are released/sold. According to Phil Hay there’s a budget for the 23s to bring in talent, and it seems we are looking at some kids from Rangers, Celtic and Spurs?.