It shouldn’t be the case, not anywhere near it in fact, yet here we are hovering just two points above 18th placed Wigan Athletic.
Our form has been terrible, even if performances have improved against some top sides over the festive period, but you can’t get away from our league position and the fact we’ve lost nine of the last eleven games played.
You can wave your fingers and blame whoever you want for this. The players, the manager, the owner, a bit of everything, injuries. I’ve got my thoughts on what has caused this slump as I’m sure you all have, but I’m almost at the point of not being bothered about apportioning blame and instead I want to start focussing on the job in hand, which is now Premier League survival.
Yet somehow it just doesn’t seem real. I quite often find myself saying “a few wins and we’ll be out of it” but then the same could be said for the teams around us and at the end of the day the results just haven’t been coming. I know our last three games have been tough and in a way I didn’t expect anything out of them given the form we’ve been in, but the fact we didn’t get anything out of them has increased the pressure.
I think we’re good enough to drag ourselves out of it. Not many other sides have players like Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor waiting to come back in the side, along with rumoured additions such as Mathieu Debuchy and perhaps more throughout the course of January. We need them though, and we need them all to perform.
So am I concerned about relegation? Yes, but not overly, not yet anyway. We have enough to get ourselves out of it but there is definite danger there. Whether we are perhaps more acutelythat danger is perhaps more acutely aware of due to events back I 2009 I don’t know, but the only way we can get ourselves out of it is by picking up points. And until that happens the worry will deepen.
So how do you feel?