But just look at the situation if we look at genuine first-teamers during their time with us. Your experiment shows we've had a high player turn-over which is what you'd expect from a low a base and when you don't reach CL. Some players have been good to us for a while but we've left behind. Others have been good but have reached the latter parts of the careers. Others have been good and cherry-picked by bigger clubs.
This is the team we played against Arsenal in one of Martin Jols early games ; Robinson,Pamarot,King,Naybet,Edman,Carrick,Mendes, Brown,Ziegler,Keane,Defoe. Bench -Fulop, Kanoute,Davies,Gardner and Redknapp!
Hi Stemark - That's an interesting team and am glad you picked that one out as it's a good memory jogger.
Why were/will most of these be replaced or at least needed cover for?
Robbo - loss of form - Pamarot - never agreed with selling him but Hutton is better - King - injured too often - Edman not good enough IMO - I thought Lee was better and Bale nearly did the replacement trick 100% but injured too often - may still do it and I'm getting more confident re Gilberto
Carrick - who knows what happened behind the scenes but we do know we made a massive profit on him and he probably wasn't broken-hearted to go to Man U -
Mendes - never agreed with him going but JJ is a better mid so not disastrous him leaving, wish him and Carrick could have stayed though, but it would be Carrick and JJ for me in the mid
Brown - always liked him but zokora is a step up on him so not disastrous again and by now Brown is probably past his best - I wish we could have a slightly better version of him now though - his commitment & foot in attributes are what we need big-time
Ziegler - not good enough - Steed and lennon are both better
Keane - still here
Defoe - not as good as Berbs - wouldn't sign a new contract
Fulop - wish we still had him - but we need a better keeper as well to be our No.1
Kanoute - controversial - but the main reasons for his leaving are well documented - I won't stoke up old flames here - but I backed Jol & the board in their decision and still do - maybe we were all wrong - maybe we weren't
Davies - good player, should have started in the Cardiff final - lost his way a bit at Spurs thereafter - one of those things I reckon, needed a new club
Gardner and Redknapp - too many injuries
So overall I back the board's decisions on the vast majority of these players that we've lost - and only have regrets on one or two - which is normal