We have too many midfielders. Guy has played 9 mins in the league with 8 being Bournemouth when the game was completely done and one min vs Sp**s to sub injured saka. Couldn’t even get mins without Martinelli and Saka. Even Reiss Nelson is coming on before him. Guy has no future here and the more he toys there the less he will be worthNo way we letting this player go.
This player is electric between the lines, being able to create so much space and chaos with his movement and ball carrying. His ability to speed up the game in the final third is a top quality difference to the way we play now.
Its exactly what Maddison is doing at Sp**s, that Smith Rowe has done at Arsenal.
The challenge here is for Mikel to get him more involved in our different game states, because we need his qualities at times.
Smith Rowe, along with Nelson, Vieira, TP5, Trossard, Martinelli, Nketiah are our vertical players, who take us from patient to chaotic and incisive, in an instant. And that's why Eddie Howe wants Smith Rowe, because he knows the damage he causes at pace.
That 50m is probably the least amount we should consider letting him go for, and I'd still be upset if we did that.