17/18 season expectations
The season has started. And thus far, it’s reasonably good. A pulsating 4-3 win vs. Leicester City was added to a “friendly trophy” win vs. Chelsea at Wembley.
Last season was poor, bar the FA Cup of course, though the past is the past, and we should look to the future. So with the Leicester game now past, what can or should we expect from the season?
Things were too sporadic and inconsistent. Cech redeemed himself at White Hart Lane, after his debacle at Chelsea. Ospina played well in the Cup Final, but then not so much in other games. Both had “meh” seasons. Some things were very good, mixed with some very poor play.
For both Cech and Ospina to be contenders for the Golden Glove award and show better form more consistently.
Some organisational issues were solved with the move to a back three. However, there were numerous individual errors that cost us in various games.
To keep more clean sheets, see the continued emergence of Rob Holding, and a successful introduction of Kolasinac. However, the pathetic and abominably poor defending vs. Leicester must be curtailed.
Inconsistent, and overrun in key games/instances.
For Xhaka to improve along with Elneny, Ramsey, et al, and for the midfield to show more fight, spirit, and character mixed with high technical capability.
Insipid in key moments, and not really capable of consistent play. Alexis was the exception to this, though all need to follow his example in the coming campaign.
Lacazette to score goals, as well as Alexis, and for Ozil, Iwobi, Welbeck, et al, to provide strong support.
A poor mentality, though ameliorated by the formation change and the glorious FA Cup win. Some clubs believe finishing runners-up is a trophy, yet we know better.
To enhance the formation change, be more tactically flexible, and instil a winning mentality in the team.
A bad first game, very good until December, and stuttered to get fifth place. Ended gloriously at Wembley, naturally.
Top four, FA Cup and/or Europa League wins.
The overall goal in my mind though should be to get top four. It will be difficult, but if we can continue our newly-found tactical flexibility, and improve our mentality, it’s more than possible.
My top seven for 17/18:
Top scorer 17/18 for us:
All will border 20 goals in all competitions.