Player Valuation: £30m
I think the general consensus is that we have between the 7th-10th best team in the league.Do we have a mediocre squad, a mediocre manager, neither or both ?
The start to our season has not been what we wanted but it isn't time to push the panic button yet. Yes, I want results but at first I will accept performances and if the performance is right the results will follow.
Would a different manager( Pep, Klopp or Pochettino) do much better with the squad of players at the club at the moment ?
For me a good manager does at least a little better than expected, surely their job is to raise the standards of individual players, and the team as a collective. They have to get more from the same, and add to it. Surely they are appointed to raise the bar and keep doing so not keep things ticking over as a night watchman.
I want the manager to have us punching above our weight and confounding expectations of us, our own and from the media. So that we "should" finish 7th but finish 6th. So that we shouldn't win a domestic cup, but win the league cup. By whatever means. Or the Europa League. Over the course of a few years that is.
Those are the guys that then get constantly linked with "bigger" clubs. It's a price worth paying.