The primary issue is what to do with the UK med units. You can stack into 92, go out through the Suez, etc. but there’s really no good spot to save them without letting Italy get big quickly and putting the middle east at risk.
So I guess I favor bidding the sub and attacking 97 until I see a more elegant solution I can steal.
97 is a high risk attack and the extra percentage the sub fodder gives saves those games.
When there is no scramble - the sub can’t be killed by German air, and already convoys Italy for 2 ipcs on average.
Then it can go attack leftover Italian ships from the 96 or 93 battle with the Malta bomber. Also helps take sea lion off the table.
Also, it’s pretty sweet rd 2 of UK1 97 attack when that sub hits the damaged BB and takes a 4 return shot off the table.
If there is a scramble it takes the hit instead of a higher value air piece.
Also puts Italy in a tough spot, has to attack 96, 93 and 97 rd 1 to clear the med and get the NO.
Basically, the UK fleet position sucks and Italy with 1 transport is a lot less effective than Italy with 2 transports and some coastal bombards.