Rafa wants to bring in three players in the January transfer window to strengthen the side.
They are a left back a number 10 and a striker – and it’s clear from the last few appearances that Ayoze Perez and Joselu are both struggling up front.
And we do have alternatives that Rafa can try – Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic are both fit, and one of them may get a chance against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon in a game we need to win.
In the last couple of games, we have offered very little threat up front, and it may be time for Rafa to change things around a little bit.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – deserves a chance up front
We still don’t know if Mikel Merino can play on Saturday because of his injured back – but it’s unlikely.
Mikel could play in the number 10 position, and either Mitro or Dwight Gayle can play up front.
Since Joselu is being used as a target man, the better option could be to bring in Aleksandar Mitrovic from the cold and give him a start?
Rafa will have looked at the game on Monday night that was a poor game to watch, and we didn’t look like we would concede a goal until that mistake after 74 minutes.
We also didn’t look like we could score a goal although Perez had a decent shot well saved by the goalkeeper early in the second half.
Rafa is a manager who tends to use his squad during the season, but with so few games at the moment he hasn’t been forced to rest players.
But it could be time on Saturday to change things around up front, and Ciaran Clark could get a chance in the back four against the Cherries.
What do you think?