Delph was a relatively cheap gamble on quality / experience / leadership qualities, but it most certainly hasn't paid off. Fair enough. Get rid.
Iwobi just doesn't seem to be up to it. Maybe he'd come good in the latter part of his career, but I doubt it, and we're not in a position to be holding out for that to happen.
Bernard is clearly a talent, and has offered glimpses of that from time to time, but as others have said, he's just not cut out for this league. Still, he was a free transfer and we were willing to pay him top dollar as a gamble on him being a potential key creative player for us. A gamble worth taking, I thought, even if it hasn't really worked out.
Gomes? We've definitely seen the player in him, albeit only in fits and starts. There's quality there, and I'd definitely not label him as deadwood. Not an automatic starter though. Squad for next season.
Kean? Appears to be developing into a player, albeit not with us. Happy for us to get rid based upon him not appearing to want to be here and the fact that he appears to warrant a hefty price tag, but to label a young lad from another country as deadwood after one unproductive season with us seems harsh.
Gbamin? He's just one of those signings. Not much you can do about it. Ancelotti certainly seems to think he has a future here though.
So, it's really only Iwobi and Delph for me from that list of yours that can be
seen as definite negatives / failures.
Iwobi, Bernard, Gomes, Kean, Delph, were all his signings. Bad luck on Gbamin though.
Jury is still out on him for sure but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for the next few years. He does need to step up though.
...we've only really got our act together in the last year really - since getting Ancelotti in I'd say.
Of course I'm not 100% happy with what he's (apparently - none of us really know) done, but I was impressed when we got him, he seems settled and respected at the club and as you say - the chopping and changing all the time helps no-one, so...overall I'm very happy to give him more time to prove that he can REALLY push us forwards.
Still some reservations about him (mostly Iwobi) and whether the Ancelotti appointment undermines whatever strategy we had, but I wouldn't swap our owner, CEO or manager with anyone else in world football and happy to continue with a highly respected DoF who may still turn out to be one of the best appointments we make.
I'd like more Branthwaite, Godfrey, Kean, Nkounkou signings and also enough time to see that transfer strategy pay off.
And while the likes of Tosun, Besic, Walcott and Bolasie are still on our books it's hard to judge him too much. This summer surely the dead wood will be clear and we'll start seeing a Brands/Carlo SQUAD.