Europe Here We Come
I am a born pessimist for 90 minutes nearly every week, but I honestly believe without any new signings (or maybe just a left back) we can get back into Europe.
Look at the facts, we are only 6 points short of 7th place and 7th could get a UEFA cup place presuming the League & FA Cups are won by the Big 4, with an Arsenal v Chelsea League Cup final likely already.
We're playing below ourselves, we have been a bit unlucky (eg Bolton, Boro, Charlton) and we've played all the top teams away, we have already played Chelsea and Man Utd twice, we have a new right back (highly rated according to Man Utd fans) and we have Luke Moore, Martin Laursen and Thomas Sorenson all fit again.
The midfield with Gardner, Barry, Osbourne, Davis and McCann all playing nice football are in better shape than for a long time. What has let us down has been misfiring strikers, and weaknesses on both defensive flanks whenever teams run at us. It is not the youngsters that have let us down but Angel, Hughes, and Petrov.
I am more concerned we will miss a top 8 place because of new signings rather than without them. Buy in the Summer when the market is better unless there really is someone worth having - and don't persist with players (like Petrov) when they are not doing it - although we all obviously hope he will come good in the end.
Six points adrift, but most importantly we still have a good team spirit, there remains a positive feel, and we will now move forward. Don't start believing the league table, we are better than that and WE WILL PROVE IT.
Article by stennyvilla