Without them we'd have been playing Iwobi and Gordon every week and we'd be worse off.
I agree we need someone in the middle but with
Allan, Doucoure, Davies, Sigurdsson, Gbamin, Delph, Gomes in that area - I dont think we'd be signing without shifting.
I do think we'll get Longstaff either in Jan cheap or summer on a free.
Hopefully 4 of the above 7 will be gone too
I'm also not sure who we could have got in the middle for ~2mil and 60k pw
Ultimately a midfield signing should have been in addition to what we brought in, and thats a failure on Brands to not shift some of the shite to make space. A bit like a year ago when Brand didnt want a striker in the October window (season started late), because he wanted Tosun to have a chance. Well done Marcel !
Also another reason why January is important, looking at who newcastle are linked with, surely we can tempt them with a Keane, Holgate, Delph, or Gomes deal