Player Valuation: £70m
I'm not sure we are as toothless as we suggest in attack. His big success for me this season (forget the set pieces stuff, which is easily remedied hence why it was so frustrating at the time) is making us look a side who now look threatening going forward.We're toothless in attack, no cutting edge. So to struggle on all season like that and still play well, for the most part, and get a decent top half finish, tells you all you need to know about how Silva can adapt and make things work. That Arsenal game: we should in all honesty have beaten a CL place team 4 or 5 nil. That's how well Silva has them organised.
Next season I'd accept top 6/7 and a decent cup run. The style of football and attitude we have to winning every game is the major priority for me.
You can see the development in DCL but also in Richarlinson in that time, and he is getting the best out of Sigurdsson. Bernard is also playing much better. He deserves enormous credit for that.
Come the summer there will be questions as to whether he can repeat the process with say, Vlasic, Onyekuru, Dowell & Lookman while continuing (the younger players so not Sigurdssons) development.