I'm not a fan of Tomkins being used as a right back, he is far too good a centre half to be wasted in that role and lacks the crossing ability when in advanced positions to fulfil the right back role, but the tactic employed by Grant against Stoke shows the advantage of having tall men in the defensive positions. Our priority should therefore be to source a pacey and tall right back to play in that position next season.
I like Jacobsen but he is, like Ilunga, short on inches. Spector has the height but lacks the composure and ability to do the job and Faubert is too short, too indisciplined positionally and is leaving anyway. Jordan Spence may be the answer and his loan spell at Bristol City could be the making or breaking of the lad. However, even if we are only looking for Jordan's understudy, the brief should be to find somebody with pace AND physical stature.
Most agree that the squad is now looking very good but, if we do stay up, we still face problems for next season. Upson will almost certainly leave and da Costa and Tomkins are too inexperienced a pairing to start as first choice together. We will need to find a leader for the back four therefore. Bridge is only on loan, of course, so he will leave in the summer, unless Man City fancy giving him away and paying 50% of his wages until his present contract runs down. That's a possibility but is unlikely.
We therefore need a right back, a centre back and a left back in the summer. Any ideas?