I am genuinely worried. Squad is beyond thin. If Neves goes and/or we’re hit with 2-3 injuries I fear a relegation battle. Still have hope that we will bring in 2-3 new players and that keeps me checking in here every hour.
16th, and to be brutally honest I'm fine with that as I think it's now just a case of keeping above water until new investment. Staying in the PL is our ambition for now, and nothing wrong with that considering the circumstances.
Sept is crucial ,, no new faces means danger and also means relying on keeping our top first 11 fit ,, inevitably there will be injuries and suspensions and without investment I don’t see our bench offering much ,, I’ll go 14th /15th and Bruno to be the scapegoat
Without new faces, quality faces, definitely bottom half, we can dream of a return of the style of football of the first 3 games last season but with chances taken, but it could quite easily turn to a relegation battle with injuries and **** reffing decisions.
I’ll say 14th.
As things stand top half is very unlikely but if we get two players in that can challenge for starting places immediately we might scrape 10th. More likely we bring in a couple of squad fillers and end up closer to the relegation places than 10th, so I’ll go for 15th.
I’ll say 13th. That’s where we ended when Raul was hurt and I think we’ll do something similar. Our starting 11 is excellent but after that, it’s scant. A few injuries (including the current Raul injury) will greatly affect our performance, but with the addition of a fit Neto and the triumphant return of MGW, I think we’ll be strong enough to survive the season.
If they dont sign a decent striker eg Diaz then bottom half definitely. If they gamble further by letting Neves or MGW go then we are bottom 6. I can accept Traore going given his contract situation, he will be a bargain for someone.
Its a difficult one. Right now I would rip your arm off for 15th I just worry about where the goals are going to come from.
But if we get a couple of extra players by the time the window closes then I guess between 10-12th would be a good season.
I expect Newcastle, Villa, Southampton, and Palace to be better than last year. I don't think Brighton, Brentford, Everton, and Leeds will be much better so they will be in the mix and I expect Bournemouth to struggle.
But I am worried we will also be in the relegation mix.