Given that we play over 50 games in a season, which everyone agrees is too many for any player to play in all games, a big squad is vital. If every player can play at 110% for say 30 games in a year, it means that in 2/5 he will either be on the bench or simply not in the 16. ALL our players must merit a place in our best team. To progress further, we must forget the attitude that we have a best starting 11, and assume that any team replacements are for players suspended, injured or simply out of form, and are as good as the player they are replacing.
Gone should be the days at 5 to 3 when the call goes out from the terraces "Why is he playing, he's not as good as *****."