I reject your reality, I substitute my own !!
Getting rid of Holding for Ndicka would not cost very much. Getting Luiz would not either. Elneny leaves next year so we could get a top midfielder then?I think we may need to move away from 2 players for each position and just think about having forwards, midfielders and defenders. More specifically the profile.
Vieira - RW, LW, RCM, LCM
Tomi - RB, LCB, RCB, LB
White -RB, CB, DM
Zinchenko - LB, LM, LCM
ESR - LW, RCM, LCM, RW
Martinelli - RW, LW
Saka - LW, RW, LCM, RCM
Oddly enough, I think the versatility of those players may be the key to our season.
However adding a versatile CB like Ndicka to cover LB also. A midfielder like Luiz who can cover 8 and 6 and a winger like Neto who can play both flanks, would make the squad incredibly strong. There would be no weakness.
Although Luiz is not that great, he is EPL proven and has one year in contract. I just wonder if they think he blocks Sambi or isn't that much better than Elneny.
Also I wonder if Ndicka is fine coming to Holding role here. Think he might want to play more.
Neto is too expensive with 5 years in contract.