It has 9 console slots, the lance is built in so could be considered the 10th.
Saucer sep is coming for certain, once separated the lance acts as an AOE shotgun.
Lt Cmd station is a must. Turn rate increase to 9 would be nice and it really needs another TAC console.
Having said that if setup right this is one mean ship, I fly the USS Lancer in Kerrat and the Klinks are always on their guard if I'm around lol. The buffed up Alpha is just under 80K although it usually hits for around 50K with two shots of 20-30K and the rest from DHCs and the Quantums, once shotting off cloak on such a large and unexpected ship is one of the true thrills of this game for me.