So here we are the season started better than we thought it would and we hoped but did not expect much from the games against Citeh/bindippers and that turned out to be the case but i am rather optimistic as to how the season will go now.
Relegation dogfight i do not see that happening top 8 finish will be tough but it is most certainly achievable. The team are playing well and although i understand when fans say we need to do more than sit back and counter and be more proactive in games and yes we certainly are more than capable of doing that but against the bigger teams it would seem to be the safer option but of course when we go behind that gameplan goes out the window and that really is the one area that Moyes and his coaches have to work on.
Aguered has come in for some stick which is harsh IMO yes he has made some mistakes but the level of player that we buy at that is always going to be the case but look at Manures new GK and that howler in the champions league so i will not dig Aguered out and with Mav now ready to step in the challenge is there.
We have a squad now that Moyes has to utilise a little better but one area he really needs to look at is the striker look at that appalling header Ants had yesterday and back to his diving to the ground as soon as he is touched is not good, Mubama the answer? not for a while yet IMO yes use him this week in the carabooo cup and bring him on slowly at the end of matches if we have the game done and dusted but seriously this is one area we need strengthening badly.
As a team i think we are doing well and yes we tailed off some yesterday but that had nothing to do with players being tired if that was the case sack the fitness coach because it is an argument i cannot accept we played at home the bindippers were away midweek so its an argument that has no grounds for me the players need a little more belief and mental toughness in what we are capable of Derren Brown available?.
All in all i am pleasantly surprised as to the start of the season but after the blunts on Saturday it is the barcode game at home that will be the yardstick for me as to where we will finish this season and a game that Moyes has to show that he is the manager that he thinks he is.