Player Valuation: £35m
We won’t be significantly better, the tactics are poor, no matter who is fit, with a defence as badly organised as ours you just can’t afford to give up possession and territory to the opposition and hit them on the break, breakaway football only works with a well organised, watertight defence.We will be considerably better with Mina and Doucoure back. While DCL isn't a Shearer/Kane figure to carry us he does give us options and makes the opposition have to be weary of another threat. Whem we have all our players on the pitch they are sufficient to find gaps and exploit, it's not a question of just keep Richarlison quiet etc.
Of course any team can go down but two more games does not make that more likely. It would be a great relief to get something from Brentford though.
The good results we had at the beginning of the season were gained against poor opponents and the only time we played well and looked a good side over 90 minutes was Brighton away. We had a good 45 minutes against an appalling Utd. other than that, nothing to write home about.
I get what you’re saying and I agree we should be better with DCL and Doucoure back, but, I don’t think it will be a significant improvement without a root and branch change of playing style. Is our current manager flexible enough to realize that he can’t play the way he wants to with the players he has? We will see.