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    What I’m sure will not be acceptable will be the number of points dropped in games where we were winning or drawing. I don’t know the exact stats from last season (20/21) but assume the figure is around 15 points lost, that would mean we would have ended up in a comfortable mid-table position - as borne out by our goal difference which was vastly superior to those teams around us.

    On the plus side we are an improving team and the obvious mantra to be instilled into the players would be “kill games off when you have the chance.”
    We lost 25 points from winning positions. It was the most in the Premier League.

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      Great to hear his enthusiasm, so obviously a fanatical Albion fan. Yes, the pressure is now on GP. The oft talked about top ten aim in the future is now a top ten aim for next season. A relegation struggle will not be tolerated it seems.
      I fear that someone is going to be disappointed then. I genuinely can't see a top 10 level of improvement next season unless the mythical 15 goal striker arrives from somewhere.
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      Apologies if I've missed this, but TB is now on record as saying that a top 10 finish is a "very realistic aim" for the upcoming season. He makes it clear that the real aim is consistently to be in the top 10, but I've never heard anyone at the club say it could be as soon as next season.

      Pressure's on, GP! My reading is that TB accepts that we didn't get the points we perhaps should have done in 20/21, but won't be so amenable if we fail to do so in 21/22.

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      Good to see Tony sees the improvement path we're on and has faith in the way Graham had got us playing. Some strategic investment and we'll be close.
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      Quote Originally Posted by andy1980 View Post
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      We lost 25 points from winning positions. It was the most in the Premier League.
      Fair comment, but counter that with those games where we gained points right at the death. Palace away and Liverpool at home spring to mind. Whatever, we are singing from the same hymn sheet and that problem of dropped points needs to be addressed.
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      The “long term aim” has a date in the plan after all. I’m shocked.


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      I suspect the dropped points stat is partially to do with having such a young team.
      I would expect a significant improvement next season based on the players being more experienced.
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      The only positive is that you can find the lost points very very easily when you analyse where exactly we lost them by looking at the horrific defensive mistakes (which largely disappeared when Sanchez replaced Ryan) and the countless big chances missed by Maupay, Connolly & Trossard. Sort those issues out and it could be top 8.
      Indeed. If we'd beaten ManU (h) Villa, Palace (h and a), WBA (a) and Wolves, games that we absolutely bossed (Wolves was slightly different but we dominating the game until Dunk went) - we'd have been 11th ...

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      What I’m sure will not be acceptable will be the number of points dropped in games where we were winning or drawing. I don’t know the exact stats from last season (20/21) but assume the figure is around 15 points lost, that would mean we would have ended up in a comfortable mid-table position - as borne out by our goal difference which was vastly superior to those teams around us.
      ... and if we'd held on against West Ham (twice) and Leicester too, then we'd have been eighth or ninth ...

      ... and throw in two dodgy penalties to Spurs and Southampton, and we're sixth.

      And, yes, I know, if my auntie had balls etc ... but it shows just how fine the margins are. It wouldn't take a huge amount of improvement and a bit more good fortune to climb higher in the league. It looks like it would take a big effort to climb so high but there are actually just a few things to tighten.
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      Fair comment, but counter that with those games where we gained points right at the death. Palace away and Liverpool at home spring to mind. Whatever, we are singing from the same hymn sheet and that problem of dropped points needs to be addressed.
      Hopefully we have learnt to manage games a bit more. then at least we can move away from a relegation battle.
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      I wonder if this signposts the cheque book coming out? Conventual wisdom says we are skint and need to sell to buy even in a limited way. But to achieve a top ten finish I think two things are required. 1. You need to retain the better players we have. 2. You need to address the lack of goals. The goals issue needs to be solved from the outside you are not going to coach another 10/20 goals into this lot. It's an improving squad but goalscoring is a specialized skill where coaching only seems to have a partial effect.

      TB might look at things and think I can get value this summer that I won't get perhaps ever again once things return to 'normal'. I'm sure there will be outgoings anyway but could we see £20-30m spent on a striker? For sure that kind of money is going to get you a lot higher level of player this summer than it would have last year. What could you get for £30m right now in say the French market?

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