Written by SteveJonesLegend
I think with 38 points, we are safe now as I cant see the bottom 3 getting another 5 points, let alone the 10 needed to catch us, so I thought I might dare to think about our 4th season in the Premier League.
Whilst we’ve not ‘really’ been in trouble, we really have limped over the line I think. We started poorly, perhaps due to a tough start, but have never really looked convincing, or got going. Despite that though, we still look set to finish in a solid mid-table position.
We’ve discussed this loads, but Eddie will need to think long and hard about the squad players that are really pushing the limits of their abilities, now and look to add more strength to a stuttering squad (and yes I do realise that stuttering squad has us 10 points clear of the bottom 3).
Last season saw us strengthen up the middle, and only Defoe has failed to make an impact really. As much as I want him to forge a regular start for himself, it wouldn’t surprise me to see his contract mutually cancelled this summer.
I’m still not sure if the bottom two-thirds of the Premiership is poor, or competitive.
With the likelihood of it being three from Wolves, Villa, Fulham and Cardiff coming up and us looking to lose WBA, Stoke and Southampton We could be replacing three usually mid-table sides with some unknowns.
If they all do a Huddersfield and Brighton next year then we could be looking over our shoulders more than usual.
For me, Joe Allen should be on top of Eddie’s shopping list, if in fact, Stoke do go down. But I’d also like to see us get a partner for Ake and a left-back, as Daniels is getting to that ‘Franno’ point. Do we also need to strengthen up top with none of our strikers being on form this term?
I do worry a little about prices as they are and so much off-field investment needed. Will we suffer on the field as a result?
Some players that I don’t see (unfortunately for some) have much of a future at DC, including Arter, Surman, Pugh, Franno, B.Smith, Defoe, Mings and Hyndman. I’m not saying that they’ll all go, but surely a couple will, and if not, then bench warming seems to be their future.
Regardless, I’m looking forward to the summer, hopefully, to see us get some key signings to help improve the squad and of-course the fixtures coming out in June.