So what next after Watford?

Our 4th successive defeat has set the alarm bells ringing a little bit.

The problem is if press reports are to believed (so that’s a big IF), Rafa has already intimated that because of Financial Fair Play rules, we wont be spending huge amounts in January even if the club is sold.

I’m more concerned that even with two or three much needed additions in January, the confidence of this group of players will be shot by the time we get there.

Watford, a side without the likes of a £95 million Paul Pogba, have just taken us apart at St James’ Park; there’s no way that these players can be happy with that, not because it was ‘just’ Watford but because they are good enough not to be embarrassed by any but the very best teams in this league.

At the start of this season I believed that the squad we have was good enough to avoid relegation; nothing more but that was enough.

Two things have changed since then.

Firstly, we have become almost incapable of scoring; and the players have lost focus.

The second of these two things throws the first into sharp relief because defending, which we WERE really good at, went some way to make up for the failure to do the first thing i.e. score goals, such that whereas at the start of the season we could absorb pressure, bring teams onto us and strike on the break, now we seem to be conceding whenever teams come at us.

The players are the same the manager is the same but the attitude has changed. I posted on the The UTD111 Forum weeks ago that I wondered if the takeover nonsense was having an adverse effect on the team.

Now I am convinced that it is.

The only potentially good thing to come out of this is that players and management and everybody else at the club will realise that we will be in deep, deep do-dah if we don’t rediscover our focus, determination and sense of purpose.

And quickly.

Author: Eeeeen

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