James P wrote:I'd be very surprised if 8th place finishes on 46 points next year. If we're targeting 8th we need to be looking at an extra 7 points at least. I still have major concerns about our defence allowing ourselves to be consistent enough to break the 50 point barrier.
Extra 7 points...
Not playing Randolph would have got us that...
Add a proper striker and that would have been at least another 9 or so points comfortably
A rightback might have saved a few more as well given the number of goals conceded from that spot.
Losing Payet and not replacing him with someone that can keep possession of the ball also cost us
Other than a rightback I think our defence is fine for next season... Reid and Ogbonna as first choice with Fonte, Collins and Kouyate offering cover isn't bad for where we are.
What happens in front of them is the biggest problem and a lack of attacking quality