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7th for me
4th for me
If we replace Pablo, sign a left back, have a backup for Bamford, and keep Raphinha, top seven.
If we successfully promote some of the U23s and get a midfielder and keep Raphinha, top half.
If we do nowt, bottom half.
Second season syndrome i'll take 12th to be honest
Second season syndrome only exists if you do not improve your squad, learn from your first season and then suffer long-term injuries to a large number of key players at the same time and they running out of luck.
Last summer Blades spent close to £24miilion for Rhian Brewster who did not score any goals in 27 league appearances. He was always going to be a punt and they blew most of their budget on him particularly as they spent close to £20million for Aaron Ramsdale as well.
Then they lost Sander Berge, Jack O'Connell for the season, John Egan, Lundstram, Jack Robinson, Jagielka, Bogle etc for large periods as well as other CBs so at times, like us last season when we were conceding goals, they had no real recognised CBs which killed their 3-5-1 system.
When we got our CBs back, it was noticeable how few goals we then conceded.
2019/20 season they scored 39 and conceded 39. They also managed to win games by a goal and keep a clean sheet. Last season they scored 20 and conceded 63.
Wilder was also not allowed to spend in January to address matters and then left.
I am sure MB/VO/AR know what they have to do and who to bring in this summer for this not to happen to us and we also have a clutch of U23s who look like they may be able to step up and add to the first team squad next season, which Blades did not have. We also need to have some luck with injuries too.
All valid points BB i grant you that, but the other PL clubs now know exactly whats coming when they are due to play Leeds. Yes we improved last year when our CB issue settled down but when teams sat back and closed the pitch we had nobody on the pitch capable of finding that killer pass. As of yet we haven't signed anyone to take on that mantel. We were superb on the break away last season and that could happen in minute 1 as easily as minute 96, but opposition managers now know how other teams frustrated us and got results from us, This season they wont be of the opinion "lets go toe to toe", this year i think you will find more and more teams closing ranks and hoping our set piece frailties re-appear.
I just hope injuries as you say and VAR are kinder to us in 21/22. and of course we bet the bloody sh1t€ out of manscum