This is all a bit captain hindsight. Before a ball was kicked pep had laporte, stones, otta, garcia as proper centre backs. He also had dinho and walker to consider as makeshift centre backs for a short period of time. That's a decent enough armoury for centre back positions in most people's minds surely. What does a new signing say to stones for example? I imagine pep still rates stones highly and probably envisaged him and laporte forming a really decent partnership similar to the 1st half of last season. Just so happens that we've had some shit luck on the injury front which has meant he's been forced to play a makeshift defence for longer than anyone would have anticipated. I'm not convinced any new centre back would have stopped players in midfield areas of the pitch giving away possession in the sloppy manner they did yesterday either. There are probably other factors to consider also as to why another centre back wasn't brought in (if pep felt we needed one). Just because the majority of fans would have liked to see otta for example replaced, it's not always possible for a multitude of reasons. Quite a bit of success is down to luck and it's something we're not getting much of at this moment in time. The season is long though and I'm sure we'll have a few special moments this season just like we've enjoyed over the last 2 under pep.