While speaking to Revs staff writer and editor Jeff Lemieux, Arena provided some insight about how he’ll approach this summer’s window, which opens on Jul. 9.
He said, “We’re certainly aware of the fact that we need to strengthen ourselves in certain areas. I don’t anticipate us bringing in more than two players. We have a fairly full roster, and the other part that’s difficult is we’re still evaluating these players. We’ve seen some players that are perhaps a little bit better than we anticipated, and that’s a positive. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll make some final decisions on where we think our team needs help, and try to fill those one or two sports during the transfer window.”
The quote is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it indicates that we won’t see mass changes during Arena’s first transfer window. This makes sense given the short time that he’s been in charge. I’d rather see him take his time to identify the right players for the right spots instead of making rash decisions. Let’s not forget that Claude Dielna and Michael Mancienne were mid-season additions that got big contracts.
It’s also worth noting that Arena said there are “some players” that are “perhaps a little bit better than we anticipated.” Can Arena get these players to reach their untapped potential?
As a whole, I still think this roster is in need of an overhaul. That can wait, however, as Arena deserves time to fully implement his vision.