We need to improve, but we are still MILES further along than we were at this point last year. Our defense is rock solid (best in the league) and we have a deep squad for the first time in years. IMO we are two pieces away from competing for the title (assuming Lucas returns to full health). Sure it would be great if we could get one of those chips this month, but the sky is hardly falling if we fail to do so. It's absolute nonsense to say that whoever gets fourth this year is guaranteed to retain it next year. I could easily see any of Chelsea, Arsenal, and/or Tottenham regressing next year. Chelsea are rapidly aging and I can see their defense becoming a big worry in a year or two. Spurs will miss Adebayor if they do not sign him and could possibly lose Modric and/or Bale. Arsenal are so reliant on RVP that should anything happen to him (and he has a history of precisely that) then all bets are off. Even if we don't get fourth this year, it will surely be up for grabs next year and we will undoubtedly strengthen the squad in the summer even if we choose not to do so now.
Dont even come up with that we'll get fourth next year thing.Trust me,Im positive,but I dont buy this.Chelsea are always supposed to be ageing,yet they do well.Arsenal were always crap,yet they enter UCL every year.Spurs are always going to get relegated,yet they finish 4th or 5th.
We cant keep on saying,next year is our year.
And as for strengthening in the summer,same story.No UCL lure,no top players.Again overpaid English players.
I might sound harsh,but 4th this year is our only route to success in the next decade.Another 6th,and the teams above us will move further above us.
Cash isnt the issue.It is the lure of UCL football.We could attract Alonso/Torres/Mascherano/Johnson because of that.
Without UCL,we'll just be overpaying for a midtable player who has dreams of playing for a top PL club.
Easiest way out is to buy 2 good/quality players.Not splash the cash.8 odd million for Hoilett,a 10-15m striker,sell a player,net 20m.Job done.4th Possible.
Not buying anyone now would be catastrophic.
Kuyt as lone CF?Goodness.We saw what happened.
Our defence is top top top class.And it DID happen overnight.With a 6m LB,and a top CB getting fit,we became class.A couple of decent acquisitions in the attacking part will give us the edge in attack.We dont need a 35m Llorente.A shrewd Remy and a young Hoilett/Shaqiri would boost us.
Arsenal and Chelsea are there for the taking this season.