You’d have to ask did anyone expect to be down here at the start of the season?
I’d guess no, so unless everyone was wrong about the level of players that we have then it must be down to the management of them so far.
I think there were enough serious concerns even without hindsight. Not this bad, but still.
I thought we needed to end the window with a GK, 2 CBs (leaving Jagielka and Williams as the cover), a LB (obvious), a RB for cover, LW (obvious), RW (who knows how Bolasie comes back), and 2 strikers (obvious). Probably someone to replace what Barry brought too.
I don't think we addressed many of those adequately at all.
The most fortunate thing that happened this summer, was that we didn't get the Barkley deal done as was wanted. His return alone gives me confidence we can set up some goals.
However, it's basic stuff you don't sell the player who was involved with 90% of your goals and not replace him as everything else gets magnified when the confidence or the ability to score leaves a team.
Going into the season with a reliance on DCL (based on what evidence exactly from the previous season?) was sheer delusion.