seand wrote:Benson certainly contributed in 2016. But, assuming we can keep the show on the road and continue to dominate domestically, this is the big dilemma. It's not that to financially dominate the league and pick and choose our squad (certainly from outside the top 3), but it's such a massive step up to compile a squad that's going to compete like-for-like with AEK or Rosenborg or Dinamo Zagreb that you have to question whether it's worth the investment. You could quadruple the playing budget then one bad performance and one tough draw and you're out of Europe anyway.
Benson was excellent in 2016, but he had Finn and/or O'Donnell for company.
Agree with your post, its probably not worth the investment.
One possibility is to use the owners contacts to get some outstanding young players on loan, pay a fraction of the wages, and give them exposure to European football. I don't know how realistic this is though.