Bruce: "Squad Depth Is Needed"
With the new season coming over the horizon, kicking off in just five weeks, Steve Bruce, the current Hull City manager and former Manchester United player has commented on the squad David Moyes has built, and with the transfer window opening tomorrow, suggested what should be done in the transfer market, in terms of both buying and selling players.
Bruce took over Hull City in June 2012, after leaving his position as Sunderland manager in Sunderland 2011. Hull City sacked Nick Barmby in May 2012 after just 33 games, winning less than 40% of them, giving Bruce the opportunity to shine. In the transfer market Steve Bruce has become known for spending as little as possible, using any loan opportunities or free transfers that arrive. During the 2012/2013 season, Bruce spent just £600k, while bringing in three players. Now although the 2013/2014 transfer window is yet to open, Hull City have already agreed deals with 2 players, both on a free deal.
Steve Bruce said that many managers could see the squad depth was an issue towards the end of the season, particularly due to the number of injuries suffered by first team players at the same time. As a result of these injuries, David Moyes had to play some players not ready for first team football, but needed in the case of an emergency. Some younger players stepped up and performed, mainly new signings Julian Brandt, Hachim Mastour, and Manchester United wonder-kid Maets Daheli. However, Ashley Fletcher, a striker currently in the Under 18 squad was called up with no experience, having to play top premier league sides, which affected his confidence due to not scoring through regular, but short, appearances.
It is expected David Moyes won't spend too much on big players, although he has been given the funding, but instead backup the players in their already successful Starting XI. Nevertheless, the club would be able to bring in players for back up good enough to battle with other team members for the first team spot, which could help players a lot boost confidence, but also try harder to get the vital spot in the starting XI. Moyes is also expected to release a large number of youth players, meaning money may be spent on improving the class of players in an already solid youth system.
Bruce told BBC News, "David is an excellent manager, at an excellent club. However, at the end of the season, and I think David himself realised, that the squad didn't have enough first team players to cope with the amount of injuries. If it was to happen again this year with the current squad earlier on in the season, I don't think they could achieve the same remarkable feats. David will need to backup his squad in the upcoming window, but I believe he will bring in the perfect players to do so, and United fans should put all their faith in both Moyes and any players he brings in to the squad. I am an admirer of David Moyes and his squad, of course."
The transfer window opens tomorrow, and Manchester United are expected to bring in a large number of players.