No new signings, out of both cups, safe from relegation, mid-table mediocrity. The way some people are talking, our season is over and it’s only the end of January. In my role as a glass half full merchant, let me tell you they’re wrong and how we still have a lot to play for.
We may be in tenth place, with a fair gap between us and nineth, but we can reduce that gap by three points tomorrow. I really believe that we can challenge for a European place. But more importantly I believe the players believe that too. We have several excellent players coming back from injury. The competition for places will soon be very hot indeed. We have the best defensive record outside the top four. If only we could score a bit more often and drive home the advantage we’d be several places higher than we actually are. The key to this are the two wide players. Too often thos season we have played with too little width. When Ethers is on form and believes oin his ability to beat opposing players he is an automatic pick. His understudy on the left, Boa Morte drifts infield too much to be described as a left winger. With Faubert emerging as a force and Solano coming back we have real competition with Ljungberg for the right wing slot. Too often this season we have had to play a player out of place in that position.
So I am really optimistic that we can finish a bit above where are now. We should be aiming for sixth place. After last season, who’d have thunk it?!