I’m a bit worried looking at this group of players that we are far too weak all over the pitch to launch any kind of promotion challenge. I know we’ve got a couple of weeks to get some more talent in but finding new players to make a real impact will be very difficult. I totally support TS’s ambition, it was the quality we sorely lacked under Duchâtelet, but I wonder if its a triumph of hope over expectation. It has always taken us 3 years to get out of this Division and my best guess would be a repeat of that.
Yesterday’s midfield is an obvious area. When we got promoted last time, we had a midfield of Bielik, Cullen, Aribo, Fosu, Williams ( playing well) . Compare that to Vennings, Levitt and Oztumer and Williams (lost his mojo) and its evident that we’ve got a big problem.
Even the back 4 , compare the title winning side of Wiggins, Morrison, Taylor and Solly to the current back 4 in any guise and its much weaker.
Sunderland looked pretty woeful yesterday and I don’t agree with Lee that they were a better side than the team we played at Wembley. It is also true that many of the teams in this division are weaker now than the last time we were here, but we are too and by a long way.
Look I certainly hope that in the next two weeks, the team will be transformed but its going to be a big challenge.