But that's just the thing - we've tried over and over again to sign world class replacements - signing several seemingly excellent CB's that just haven't worked out at all or haven't worked nearly as well as expected. Otters may still come though though. Stones has potential but is still very erratic. Plays well as sweeper with Kompany present. Meanwhile we may have prematurely let Jerome Boatang go - has some lapses on defense, but if still in our squad - would be a huge asset. ========== Point being - there's a dearth of talent at CB - and we can't just sign anyone for that position. We need top talent - and have tried to sign such - unfortunately, many of our signings haven't worked out - and some of the signings we thought we had nailed down, broke down at the last moment.