I know I know, this season isn’t over yet and already I’m looking forward to the next one. Impatient Toonsy!
Not really, there is a point to this, bear with me.
Basically I just want to get a feeling of what fan expectation is for next season. I’m doing it now, before we’ve bought anyone/sold everyone (delete as appropriate) with the view of doing a similar article once we know what players we have at the start of the season.
For me, part of me really wants to go all out and say we should be trying to win the Premier League. Realistically that just isn’t going to happen though, but there is no harm in trying I guess and if you’re in it then you may aswell try and win it! It’s bonkers, but then if you aren’t aiming for the top what are you aspiring to?
I suspect however that our shot at a Premier League title will disappear rather rapidly in all fairness, so what do we look for now? Comfortable safety? A top-half finish? Europe?
Personally I think the next step we should be aiming for is comfortable safety or a top-half finish. It sounds strange this ‘aiming’ malarkey as, like I said, we should always be aiming higher. I guess the correct way of putting it would be that I would accept comfortable safety or a top-half finish as a sign of progression.
For all of our stunning results this season we are still yet to secure mathematical safety. Granted we are effectively safe as I pointed out here, but I think a sign of progression for next season would be me writing almost a carbon copy of that article a few weeks earlier than what I have done this season!
If that is the case then I imagine we’ll be knocking on the door of the top-half next season.
I have a funny feeling about next season. I don’t think we’ll see as many surprise results and I think a bit of ‘normality’ will once again be restored to the Premier League. With that in mind I think a cheeky little bid for Europe, whilst not being completely out of reach, will be a stretch to far for just one transfer window.
What do you expect from next season?
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