The way I see it, we can only have 17 foreign players, and with very few exceptions, this is where all of the world class contingent of any top team will come from. So for me, it's far more important to keep these 17 spaces for players that are genuinely going to turn us into a top team, whereas with the homegrown players, there's no such issue. There'll always be room for world class players, but with the likes of Fernando, Kolarov, Dzeko, etc, if we can replace them with an English player of equal talent, then we should. That then frees up an overseas slot for us to bring the likes of Pogba or De Bruyne into the squad. The problem with using someone like Fernando as a squad player is that he's actually preventing us from bringing in genuine improvement, because that improvement will almost certainly be foreign. We then get in a situation where we're having to loan out players to meet the overseas player limits and potentially sell players for less than they're worth because everyone knows we have to sell.Even then, I respectfully disagree.
People say we can't have 25 world class players and that's true, but then why can't someone like Fernando be that squad player that we need? Why do we need to get Delph to play a bit part role when we could just use Fernando and then seek to sign genuine improvement and quality.
Signing Delph would be compromising on quality for the sake of him being HG in my opinion, when we could tackle the quota issue in other more beneficial ways.
Although for the record, I'm all for judging Fernando on next season, because it often takes a player a season to adjust to the league.