Are there now just 7 mainstay clubs in the PL?
Every other team below 7th have been in the football league in the last 10 years. Next year at least 5, possibly more have been in League One or below in the last 10.
Anyone from 8th to 20th is capable of a poor season and getting sucked into a battle.
It used to follow that 2 if not 3 of the promoted teams would go straight back down. Not anymore. Potentially only 1 of the promoted teams this season will be relegated. Last season it was just 1.
You look at 8th to 17th with us and potentially who we will be promoted with, and it isn't quite so daunting? West Brom, Southampton, Watford, Stoke have all scored under 40 goals and sit 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th respectively with 39+ points. It doesn't need a miracle any more.
I'm very optimistic that we'll be okay next season. It is going to be better than perhaps some people expect.