It's a bit hard to tell what the midfield will look like next year, but the problem would still remain the same no matter who we got.
You can get martin, you can get kelly you can get anyone, but if you surround them with all of watson, goddard, zakaharkis and hepp at center clearences or stoppages in general, you'll face the same problems as this year.
The problem this year is, like it or not they are starting 22 players and are mostly being played as midfielders.
Yet as a combined combination that's woeful for the stats you all want and crave, contested clearences.
If you remove watson and goddard from that mix (as an example) Zaka only stays on the wing and hepp is surrounded by zerrett and parish, coyler tippa and raz for patches then it becomes way more damaging.
the problem for this year is, sentiment dictates you won't remove those 2, so you're stuck having to be forced to play them, and they don't really fit anywhere else, so you're stuck playing them midfield.