In my first article for the start of this season, I said we would finish 6th. I had many who read the article have a real go at me saying what an idiot I was and where I should go. Well, I have to be honest with everyone one of you who had a go at me and confess I probably was wrong. So please accept my apology for looking to be wrong, it now looks like we will actually finish 7th.
Of all the teams that will probably be above us, the one team I didn’t think would was Everton. But they have done really well of late, maybe even might make the top 4. It looks like Man Utd will finish strongly and will now probably finish 6th.
So it maybe that we will not get ‘Any’ kind of European football next season. Lets just also hope that Tim Sherwood will have moved on and we finally get someone who knows what Management is all about.
The main problem we have – as I have said before – is that once more we will have to start all over again. Unlike Liverpool who didn’t have Euro football this year, but have a good Manager and good team spirit which has built up over the last couple of years, if we dont get into Europe, then most of our squad wont be with us. With Defoe already gone, players such as Lloris and Vertonghen have already said they may move on, and thanks to AVB and lately Sherwood, the likes of Paulinho, Kaboul, Lamela, Soldado (who I feel most sorry for), Ade, Chadli, and others will all be on their way. Now one or two of them you might say would not be a miss, but if they all go, no-one will want to come to a mid-table club, and we will be in the wilderness for a few years to come, with the top 6 going from strength to strength.
With Defoe going, we should have brought in another Striker in January – everyone knew one or other of our other strikers would get injured (something that has happened in other years), we have no-one capable of filling the Right Back spot (and that includes Walker), in fact we needed to buy 2 or 3 players in January, but once again, we fell short.
It also doesn’t help that Sherwood has gone backwards to the AVB way of playing. We may get away with things against second rate teams like Southampton, but when we come up against the top sides we are woefully short in the tactical game.
As I have said already this season, we will be the laughing stock of football once again.
I take no joy in being the prophet of doom, and as much as I love my beloved THFC, I am a ‘Realist’.
So extremely worrying times ahead.
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