Caught up on MOTD last night. The difference between us and Villa is night and day at the moment, let alone the likes of Leicester, Man Utd etc.
Ings looks twice the player Raul is (currently), they’ve got loads of goals from midfield - their full backs look threatening in the attacking areas and can cross (Matty Cash being one). As DW said earlier in the thread, we’ve allowed them to overtake us.
It doesn’t mean we should be writing games off, it’s just being realistic of where we are, on the pitch (off it we’ve gone miles backwards, sadly) compared to our rivals.
It all boils down to Jeff Shi and the fact he and his team have failed to improve us on the pitch since we were promoted.
Thing is, man for man I'd argue we still have the superior squad... on paper. Clearly it isn't clicking on the pitch for so many reasons.
This season is increasingly feeling like watching Arsenal during Wenger's latter years. Lots of quality in those squads but the balance was never right because they kept buying the same kinds of players over and over again instead of improving the mix.