With the new Sporting Director now in the house, there may be lots of outstanding decisions that Webber either forgot to make or couldn’t be bothered to make, but among his list of to-dos is the pressing matters of players’ contracts that expire this summer.
So, in no particular order…
Out injured at the moment and his contract expires in May, so he is free to agree a deal with interested clubs both in the UK and overseas. It will be his last big move.
At present, there are no rumours circulating about a new deal and so I suspect his agent will be scouring his little black book for possible destinations. But the question is, will City let him leave on a free come the summer, or offer him a short-term deal hoping to recover a small amount? For me, I would let him leave if he’s not going to accept a large cut in his wages. So thanks and good night.
Another who is out of contract and may wish to play at the top level back in Greece. But will he want another year or two in the Championship and possibly a cut in his wages? Again no rumours of clubs interested in taking him in January but why would there be when he can sign a pre-agreement?
He may still be our best option at left-back so, for me, he should at least be offered a new deal now, and if he says no look to sell in January.
Has never really proved his worth, for me, but is that because he hasn’t ever been given the backing of the management at the club? His loan to Birmingham started off with some great performances, with John Eustace saying how good he was at learning a new position as a wing-back, but then an injury curtailed his loan and his progress.
Wagner has tried to convert him into a more conventional defender but with limited results, so is he a now winger or a defender? I suppose the jury is still out on him. There are no rumours of other clubs interested in him but perhaps he could still come good under the right coaching?
For me, another contract is a worthwhile gamble. I would assume he’s not one of the highest earners at the club and we could possibly benefit in the long term.
The club’s only natural defensive midfielder with an injury list as long as an NHS waiting list. In his time here, he’s never had a run in his preferred position but has covered other positions very well.
Again, like Placheta, I think a new deal should be offered as we could benefit in the long term both if he proves to be the long-awaited Alex Tettey replacement.
He was a £3m signing from Coventry after starring in Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy. He looked good at Coventry and did well at QPR on loan and it was said many other clubs were interested in him prior to City paying big money (for City that is). But was he a panic buy by Webber? One of those where we hoped to sell him on for a profit?
If Giannoulis leaves then we will need a left-back and McCallum is the only other obvious option at the moment. He may be worth a new deal in the hope he can kick on and show more of that early promise.
So we release the injury-prone Sam Byram – who signs for Leeds after proving his fitness – and we then sign the Leeds equivalent, in Adam Forshaw, on a one-year deal. He has looked okay in the few minutes he has played but hasn’t done enough for a new deal as yet. Could he still prove an asset?
One of several keepers who are out on loan, McCracken is currently on loan to Accrington Stanley, the club of David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd. Realistically, he needs to move on for the sake of his career and I wish him the best of luck. With the list of keepers at City, I can’t see him getting close to the number-one shirt anytime soon.
Since his illness, his progress has stalled after showing some good promise in a few first-team games. Like McCracken, he realistically needs to move on and find a club that will give him game time to kick-start his career.
A last-minute signing in September and only thanks to injuries has he been given a chance to show what he can do. Can he oust Shane Duffy or Grant Hanley to get more game time when everybody is fit is the question. The only way he gets offered another deal is if he is given the chance to earn one.
Let us know your thoughts on who should stay and who should go.
Finally, a song I hope Martin would approve of from one of his favourite bands…