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22 Apr 2018 10:44:58
Hi Eds,
It seems like Barcelona are looking to replace suarez with griezmann, I have to ask is there any interest from us? I know his legs are going and he's declining but what a player he was for us. Do you know much Barcelona want for him and who is actually interested?

XabiAlonso14

{Ed002's Note - Liverpool has shown no interest in Suarez and I doubt are stupid enough to take the runt back given what he did to the club and the risk related to his behavior. The other questions may well have been addressed on the appropriate page.}


1.) 22 Apr 2018 13:56:18
He's our past leave him there!


2.) 22 Apr 2018 14:23:17
Why would we even want him back? He wouldn't get in ahead of Mane, Salah or Firmino!


 

 

08 Apr 2018 18:38:47
Hi Eds,

What does danny ings future look like? Seems like he will be given the chance to be firminos backup but if we are offered 15-20m surely we have to take it.

XabiAlonso14

{Ed001's Note - right now he wants to stay so it is unclear.}


1.) 08 Apr 2018 20:02:20
Happy for him to stay, think with a few more chances he has ability. If firmino is out Ings mane and Salah is good enough, it's the wide areas I think we're short.


2.) 08 Apr 2018 20:26:45
I like Danny and i feel for him but i don't think he is good enough for us. solanke desperately needs a loan next season and then review him on his return. he doesn't convince me either I've got to be honest. We shall see.

{Ed025's Note - im with you ben..


3.) 08 Apr 2018 20:42:04
I do like ings but more for his personality! I think his technical ability is lacking in his touch and finishing but his movement is good. I don't see us buying a wide player Firmane if klopp gets lemar he will cover lw like coutinho did when mane was out earlier this season and ox will cover the right although he is just not a good winger. I see woodburn getting more chances this year so he's another option and i think klopp is waiting for pulisic anyway when he's more gettable, his contract expires in 2020 so maybe next year.


4.) 08 Apr 2018 21:51:57
Ings is a useful player but clearly two years out has impact his game and I think we need someone who’s a genuine challenger for the front 3 - whether that’s a wide player to then alllow Mane or Salah to move central, or a striker (who perhaps can bring something different to the table a la Giroud) .

Solanke has had enough chances but has yet to convince, I think he needs a loan like Tammy Abrahams to get more time to develop.


5.) 08 Apr 2018 22:54:23
I did suggest amath ndiaye as cover for the forward line but more I think about it I really believe in woodburn and he should be getting those chances not a new signing. Like eds have said klopp will only tinker with the team slightly because he has built a good spirit.

I hope Klopp reconsiders buying a rb and back up gk for next season tho rather keep Gomez/ trent there while Gomez gets games at cb in cup games like eds have mentioned and ward for back up gk. Instead get a proper cb who isn't injury prone in my pick is clement lenglet for 30m and we have to go for sessegnon if fulham do not get promoted. Jorginho, Keita and Lemar to top it off, I'd say that is realistic financially with the number of players that should be sold.


6.) 09 Apr 2018 00:45:17
Xabi,

I agree about Woodburn. Id like to see him either get more game time with us or go out on loan. He needs to play.

But im not sure if I agree that Jorginho, Keita and Lemar are realistic financially (esp if we were to get Clement) . can't see us making much from sales. Plus if the figures being bandied around of Keita costing 90mill and Lemar being quoted at 90 (and Jorginho won't come cheap either since I can't see Napoli being willing to sell him), its highly unlikely we would go for all 3.


7.) 09 Apr 2018 07:25:05
Xabi its probably best to judge him once he has a consistent run of games under his belt. I think he can be good for us if he gets game time.

The real question is who do you prefer is the squad striker, origi or Ings? its looking like wolfsburg will not retain his services next season.


8.) 09 Apr 2018 08:16:32
I like Ings and he must have huge heart and determination on the training pitch to come back from serious injury twice and get a place back in the team, i just don't think he's good enough to help us progress.


9.) 09 Apr 2018 08:47:16
I believe if you want to challenge for the top you need at least 4 first team ready starters for the front three positions so you can rest someone or cover an injury at any team without materially weakening your starting lineup. City have Sane, Aguero, Jesus, Sterling.

Ings and Solanke aren’t that 4th player and even Ings is a question mark for me. We should ideally go for a top player who can play either wide or through the middle and let either Ings or Solanke go on loan IMO.


10.) 09 Apr 2018 08:48:25
Square Tomato seems to think he is leaving, possibly for Newcastle, good move for him if that’s the case! I think we need someone who isn’t an out and out striker but someone who can cover the front line.


11.) 09 Apr 2018 11:29:21
I think we should try for Batshuayi. He's having a great year at Dortmund (on loan from Chelsea) and he offers a different style of attack to when Firmino is not firing in the goals or is injured. And we haven't done too badly with ex-Chelsea players (Sturridge and Salah) .


12.) 09 Apr 2018 13:27:17
PakRed

Klopps picks ings over origi everyday. Origi just isn't doing enough to fulfil his potential, he hasn't for years. Even when he had that period he was scoring for us I thought he was so poor in his overall play. He doesn't fit in this liverpool team better to sell him.

What do you think our sales will be in the summer as well?


13.) 09 Apr 2018 15:16:18
Origi, Markovic, Grujic, Flanagan, Klavan, Mignolet. Also think Can will leave. So we need a GK, a midfielder to replace Can (I see Keita as more of an attacking presence but some will consider him an upgrade on Can) and one more center defender. I hope we don't do much of an overhaul on the current squad, but I would like to see someone come in to challenge Firmino and Solanke to get some loan time with a prem team.


14.) 09 Apr 2018 18:36:14
Guys. I think we should give both the lads a chance. Klopp and co when give time have changed our opinions of players who we thought weren't good enough. When pre season comes Klopp and his team will then have time to coach these players and also they will all be on the same plate as the rest in regardes to fitness. I personally think Ings and Solanke needs games to correct their decision making. Once they find it I reckon they will help the squad.

{Ed025's Note - you are talking about the sheffield wednesday squad right?..


 

 

23 Mar 2018 09:35:54
Hi Eds,

I've seen the posts that we have looked at lot of right backs for the summer, do you know if we have looked at Nordi Mukiele and if we hold a higher interest in him? He looks a talent, he's 6'1, strong defensively and plays CB as well. Also as you've said a centre back is not a priority in the summer who do you expect to be Virgil's partner start of next season or do you expect Klopp to keep rotating Matip and Lovren? I don't understand why it is not a priority, they both do not look at Virgil's level and so injury prone too. Personally I would buy someone older with a lot of experience because I expect Gomez to be starting CB in around 2 years as he still has a lot to learn and needs to cut the silly mistakes out. Pepe would have been perfect last season on a free but maybe Alderweireld, Benatia or Sokratis this summer?

Thanks Ed sorry for the long post! Just got going and couldn't stop haha.

XabiAlonso14

{Ed001's Note - no idea about Mukiele sorry.

VVD's partner will be a case-by-case basis as Gomez will be given a few chances too.}


1.) 23 Mar 2018 10:31:58
I don’t think Gomez is as far off being a starting centre back for us as some people think. The only mistake I’ve really seen him make more than once are judging long diagonal balls over his head to a winger.
I might be wrong but I think that’s probably due to the fact that he’s always played centre back and isn’t used to the slightly different positioning needed to deal with this type of ball. Hopefully that means once he’s in the centre he’s not going to have that problem. And if he doesn’t have that problem I’m not really sure what issues he will have?
In which case if we spend big money on a ‘top’ centre back all we’re doing is stopping Gomez getting regular game time in his preferred position. I bet as soon as he gets the opportunity to partner VVD we won’t be worried about centre back for the next 5-10 years.


2.) 23 Mar 2018 10:10:37
Thanks for the reply Ed001. Can I ask what top 4 positions you personally would look to buy for in the summer? And maybe list realistic but quality players you would go for?

{Ed001's Note - right back, midfield and left back. Need two in midfield in my opinion. I am not going to get into doing lists on here right now mate, bit busy sorry.}


3.) 23 Mar 2018 11:17:52
I hope you are right but the fact is Gomez hasn't played centre back this season maybe only a couple of times so I really don't think he will be able to prove himself in the position straight away - he need a to learn, make mistakes and learn from them. My point is I expect us to be challenging for the title and we need two quality centre backs especially the way we play. Matip and Lovren don't fit that, I hope Gomez learns a hell of a lot over the summer and shows himself to be that centre back that we need but there are issues with him as he is still young so I'm trying to be realistic. I rate him a lot I just think we need the quality now and allow Gomez to properly learn and gain the experience to be our next great centre back.


4.) 23 Mar 2018 11:38:03
Xabi, completely appreciate what you’re saying. I suppose we have to hope that Klopp and the coaching staff make the right judgement as they’re in the best position to know what’s going to be best.
I’m happy to support them whatever they decide and hopefully it works out and we can challenge for the league next season!


5.) 23 Mar 2018 11:37:59
Left back is interesting, Ed001. Do you not think Klopp should give Adam Lewis a go next season? Is he not ready yet?

Where do you stand on another player who can play across the front three in case something happens to one of the main three/ rotation/ etc.?

{Ed001's Note - I would send him on loan for more game time. We have Ox, Wilson and Woodburn to cover the front 3.}


6.) 23 Mar 2018 11:49:35
Robbo, moreno, Gallacher, aroyyo and Adam Lewis will be pleased if we do buy another left back.

{Ed001's Note - Moreno out I was thinking.}


7.) 23 Mar 2018 15:04:32
I don’t see CB as a priority, Lovren has been good bar one game next to VVD, up to Gomez to take that spot from him. Buying another CB will mean Gomez will have to go as he’s not a right back, he’s been good at covering but he needs games at CB to kick on with his career.


8.) 23 Mar 2018 18:51:36
I also don't see CB as priority, we're ok there, for now. I think in time we do need another top CB incoming but it's not absolutely needed as much as other positions.

A few months ago I'd of put GK at my #1 position needing an upgrade but now I wouldn't, Karius has impressed me and he deserves his time. We have Keita incoming, I'd be delighted if we got another top CM and RB. I just have no idea what top RB's could be available? But should we get a good one in then it'd be also great to see TAA in the midfield, he's made for it.


9.) 24 Mar 2018 08:30:41
2 midfielders in plus Keita. Can out, lallana out, Milner out (unfortunately) . If they need time to settle - midfield of hendo, Gini and ox isn't bad in the mean time.


 

 

 

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10 Jun 2018 23:23:08
Anyone bored of the fekir talk I recommend reading a brilliant post by Ed002 on the european soccer page.

XabiAlonso14

1.) 11 Jun 2018 03:34:30
Fantastic post.


2.) 11 Jun 2018 05:53:48
European soccer rumours? Can't find it. : (.

{Ed001's Note - try the page labelled European Soccer at the top of the page on that site.}


3.) 11 Jun 2018 01:44:59
That was a great question you asked and the very detailed reply from ED02 was amazing to say the least.
Makes you really wonder about the future of football and every fans favourite club.

Thanks for taking the time out for such a detailed reply ED02.


 

 

03 Jun 2018 08:54:25
Anyone catch the France v italy game? Interested to hear people's thoughts on pavard at rb. Really impressed me all round, is originally a cb and seems like he could be a realistic option for us.
Question for the eds as well on whether were narrowing down our rb choices now or there's a certain profile of rb were looking at?

XabiAlonso14

1.) 03 Jun 2018 09:03:06
I think there was a post a while ago where Ed mentioned that given Fabinho can cover RB and we have TAA and Gomez also able to play there, that likely ends our need to get another RB.

I’d agree with that view TBH, giving TAA a shot at holding down the position next season is best thing for him and us in the long term.


2.) 03 Jun 2018 09:03:47
Fabinho is originally a RB. I don’t see us buying another full back though I would love a LB to come in for Moreno.


3.) 03 Jun 2018 10:06:25
That's interesting sgred I'm sure eds maintained that we are looking at rbs and Trent will be rotated midfield and rb, gomez rb ans cb so it made sense to get an actual rb. I'm not sure fabinho will be an actual option at rb only in worst case scenario - I see it as like once bale established himself as lw he never moved back to lb.

I agree with a replacement for moreno as well and I thought he would move at a time in his career where he needs minutes and to be 1st choice but then there's talk of a new contract and eds mentioning that from what they can tell we haven't looked at lbs so not sure on that one.

For me the our defensive options should be rb: new RB, Trent/ Gomez lb: Robertson, new lb/ moreno cb:Virgil, new cb, lovren, Gomez, matip/ klavan

Gomez needs the majority of his minutes at cb now was really hoping he would establish himself this season as a cb option but unfortunately he hasn't and i think we need a reliable partner for virgil to challenge for the title next season.


4.) 03 Jun 2018 09:29:30
I did watch the game. Pavard at RB and Lloris at the goal seemed the most obvious weak positions for France during that game. Federico Chiesa had a lot of joy down that flank to be honest. Pavard does seem to be very accomplished on the ball as well. I have only seen him in just this one match. So my observations are based on that.


 

 

16 May 2018 20:53:53
Any truth in klavan and moreno being offered new contracts eds? Could that potentially mean another season of gomez/ Trent at rb?

XabiAlonso14

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea sorry and not sure how that would relate to anything else either. I really do not see any relevance in your second question to your first.}


1.) 17 May 2018 06:31:49
Is it true that Mignolet will be offered a new deal? And going forward, does that mean another season on the left wing for mane?


2.) 17 May 2018 06:48:46
Thanks for the response ed001 should've been more clear, think it was ed002 who said lovren and matip would rotate being vvd's partner next season and klavan could possibly leave in the summer. Also Gomez would get games at cb and we were looking to sign a rb but i thought maybe the lack of rbs in the market, klavan being in line for a contract and gomez injury problems (so not a reliable cb choice atm) changed our plans.

{Ed001's Note - Matip, Lovren and Klavan do tend to miss a lot of games through injury as well, so it doesn't rule out Gomez's chances of getting the odd game in the centre. A right back is still being sought and TAA will continue to get games in midfield as well. So there is a need of more strength in depth.}


3.) 17 May 2018 07:17:22
That made me laugh red beard!


4.) 17 May 2018 09:48:16
from what i have read, klopp will look at bringing in a new RB with Clyne set to leave this summer, this will mean that Gomez will be covering RB and CB and TAA covering RB and CM.

I can see Klavan being kept as 5th choice CB. Moreno looks to be signing a new deal and continue to challenge at LB with Robertson.

To be honest if Gomez stays fit for the season i can see him jumping above Matip in the pecking order.


5.) 17 May 2018 12:31:48
Fair enough ed001. Then I think it would be fair to assume that if matip or Gomez suffer setbacks in their recoveries then klopp will look to sign a cb. It's not ideal that 4 out of 5 of our cbs are injury prone.

{Ed001's Note - no, but there are other priorities this summer, otherwise I would expect one to be coming in.}


 

 

12 May 2018 06:43:23
Hi Eds,
Wondering if you could provide an update on Brewster? Looks like the team after him is Monchengladbach which makes sense. I remember seeing an interview with their sporting director who said england produces the best talent but don't get the chances and they have scouts at all the English youth teams where they were bound to see brewster. They have a really good record of developing youth and brewster will get a lot of chances there.

Is there still hope for him to stay? he's got great instincts and ability and should be getting chances next year in the first team. Don't look at his age I think he is already good enough just needs the chance to prove it. Hopefully he stays and convinces klopp that he is firminos back up where others have failed to so far.

XabiAlonso14

{Ed001's Note - what is there to update? Nothing has changed. Liverpool want him to stay, he wants first team football, other clubs are interested but he is injured. If he can't stay fit, he can't get first team football.}


1.) 12 May 2018 07:58:58
After seeing the chances Trent Joe and Dominic have received he would be very very foolish to leave
He should look at the career of Jerome Sinclair and see sometimes patience is a virtue.


2.) 12 May 2018 09:46:02
Johncrow
Solanke simply should have stayed at Chelsea! If it’s about patience he would be still at Chelsea!


3.) 12 May 2018 10:16:41
I think 100 percent if you asked him Harry, if he regrets his liveppool move he would say no.


4.) 12 May 2018 10:56:20
Brewsters being injured most of the season. Sometimes these kids have to be realistic, he'd have more than likely played by now if not for bad luck. its obvious Klopp rates him and the kid is younger than the likes of Rashford was when he came from nowhere onto the scene. I can see us not buying a centre forward this summer and at least Sturridge and Origi moving on. That leaves Solanke and ings as Brewsters competition to be Firmino's back up. If he thinks he's not going to face similar or higher level competition than them two to get into most decent teams in the Bundesliga he's dreaming.


5.) 12 May 2018 09:09:38
When is he expected to return should he be fit for preseason?


 

 

28 Apr 2018 20:17:42
Hi Eds,
Firstly just wanted to say the platform youve built here really is great and i've really been enjoying the discussions recently.
Just wondering as well how highly rated Grabara is by the club? Is the plan for him is to be the third keeper next season with Danny Ward likely leaving. Its really exciting to see youngsters with genuine first team potential coming through the academy its been so good seeing Trent grow and learn this season I hope more get the chance next season.

XabiAlonso14

{Ed001's Note - to be honest, it really depends on if an older keeper can be brought in as 3rd choice instead. The likelihood is Migs and Ward go (maybe on loan in Ward's case) and two come in, one to compete with Karius and an older one to cover.}


1.) 28 Apr 2018 21:00:09
Still KN from madrid wanted ed?

{Ed001's Note - yep.}


2.) 28 Apr 2018 21:19:55
It's concerning about KN but I was concerned about the signings of both the Ox and Robbo so from now on I'll just have faith in the club and who they want to buy.


3.) 28 Apr 2018 23:33:10
Ed, does Danny Ward have a future at the club in your opinion?

{Ed001's Note - tough one, because a lot depends on him and what he wants to do, which makes it likely he will leave. He is unhappy with not being able to go back on loan to Huddersfield this season, so he is of a mind to leave.}


4.) 28 Apr 2018 23:37:03
Ed what sort of names would we be looking at for the older keeper? Somebody similar to manninger? Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - yes, someone who is older and preferably keen on beginning a coaching career as well.}


5.) 29 Apr 2018 00:44:56
Ed001. Am wondering if KN is being looked at as the one to compete with LK or is he more the 3rd choice cover? Haven't really been impressed by him and he does come across like Joe Hart - Playing for a big club, big reputation, raved about by the media, but flatters to deceive when it really mattered. Once in a team that really needs the GK to have an impact and make a difference, he gets found out.

{Ed001's Note - I would say that the rep would be enough to push Karius though. Do you not think that would be enough to make Karius improve to ensure he is the one that gets picked, no matter how big Navas's rep?}


6.) 29 Apr 2018 08:38:55
I agree with you, ED however, KN will have to really do a lot to push Karius out of no. 1 supposing Karius keeps growing this season as he is not yet the finished article tho he is competent and talented. KN has been poor all season and has made more mistakes than Karius has this season alone, not to talk of last season. His rep may be good and that may be enough to push Karius BUT I just worry about his errors. Also, do you think Klopp wants Karius to have the job full time or is he open to an open competition between the two? Cheers, man.

{Ed001's Note - I believe he expects Navas to be number 2.}


7.) 29 Apr 2018 09:36:39
Ed do you think there is a good chance he will arrive then this summer mate?

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea as I do not know if he would be interested in the move, the Madrid fans love him.}


8.) 29 Apr 2018 11:40:45
Ed001, good point on Karius being pushed. Just slightly (or actually massively) concerned that should LK pick up a long-term injury, then KN is our starting goalie. And judging by the performances of others who are similar to his situation (cue Joe Hart, Iker Casillas), that doesn't fill me with confidence. It appeared that once these players needed to prove themselves (because they appeared to not need to for an extended period as people were judging them based on their media developed reputation than actual performances), they came unstuck.

Nonetheless, I also acknowledge that there are few better alternatives (in terms of players and also how the situation is to be managed) . The only other I did settle for is for the club to secure a top class keeper and have LK raise his game to compete. Otherwise, it really isn't worth the money to get in a no. 2 that isn't going to push LK nor provide adequate cover to begin with.

On Ward, personally thought Klopp got this wrong. If his loan was allowed, we are looking at a GK with good potential that have a full PL season's experience. It would also allowed us to make a judgement and perhaps a decision on him. Right now, it appears that if he does leave, it's because he didn't have the chance and wasted a year on his development.

{Ed001's Note - I agree with you mate. Especially on Ward.}


 

 

 

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18 May 2018 09:32:37
Just happy that we're looking at centre backs! Thanks Macca.

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09 May 2018 06:47:25
Hope he doesn't leave klopp could turn him into an animal over the next few years. Seems like a good kid he should stay and fight in pre season. I wouldn't mind solanke and brewster as back up strikers next season mainly because I think if firmino did ever get injured salah would be the first back up now before those two but they should still get minutes in cup games etc.

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08 May 2018 12:05:32
Having reina back in the squad would be brilliant such a great personality. Question for ed001 tho i think I saw somewhere that achtherberg and pepe didn't get along? Not sure if this was true but more reinas poor form coincided with when actherberg came in?

XabiAlonso14

{Ed001's Note - it was nothing to do with Achterberg, as such. Reina wanted out so I doubt any coach would have got much from him.}


 

 

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07 May 2018 14:25:23
If we do pursue him could potentially be really great next to Keita. Seems like he's really matured as captain. A proper leader and someone that thrives under pressure would be great for our midfield.

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01 May 2018 09:08:10
Hi Ed001, do you know which teams would be interested in Ings, Clyne and Lallana as they all seem to have a good chance of moving in the summer.

XabiAlonso14

{Ed001's Note - I know of no one interested in Lallana that he would want to move to, though he himself is talking about leaving, so he must know of someone. Spurs were interested but his season out has changed that.

Newcastle are very keen on Ings.

Leicester, Newcastle and West Ham were interested in Clyne, but again, the injury might have changed that.}


 

 

 

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03 Jun 2018 10:06:25
That's interesting sgred I'm sure eds maintained that we are looking at rbs and Trent will be rotated midfield and rb, gomez rb ans cb so it made sense to get an actual rb. I'm not sure fabinho will be an actual option at rb only in worst case scenario - I see it as like once bale established himself as lw he never moved back to lb.

I agree with a replacement for moreno as well and I thought he would move at a time in his career where he needs minutes and to be 1st choice but then there's talk of a new contract and eds mentioning that from what they can tell we haven't looked at lbs so not sure on that one.

For me the our defensive options should be rb: new RB, Trent/ Gomez lb: Robertson, new lb/ moreno cb:Virgil, new cb, lovren, Gomez, matip/ klavan

Gomez needs the majority of his minutes at cb now was really hoping he would establish himself this season as a cb option but unfortunately he hasn't and i think we need a reliable partner for virgil to challenge for the title next season.

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17 May 2018 12:31:48
Fair enough ed001. Then I think it would be fair to assume that if matip or Gomez suffer setbacks in their recoveries then klopp will look to sign a cb. It's not ideal that 4 out of 5 of our cbs are injury prone.

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{Ed001's Note - no, but there are other priorities this summer, otherwise I would expect one to be coming in.}


 

 

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17 May 2018 06:48:46
Thanks for the response ed001 should've been more clear, think it was ed002 who said lovren and matip would rotate being vvd's partner next season and klavan could possibly leave in the summer. Also Gomez would get games at cb and we were looking to sign a rb but i thought maybe the lack of rbs in the market, klavan being in line for a contract and gomez injury problems (so not a reliable cb choice atm) changed our plans.

XabiAlonso14

{Ed001's Note - Matip, Lovren and Klavan do tend to miss a lot of games through injury as well, so it doesn't rule out Gomez's chances of getting the odd game in the centre. A right back is still being sought and TAA will continue to get games in midfield as well. So there is a need of more strength in depth.}