I don’t think it’s particularly the quality of the player, because so many of them have preformed well for other sides, or other years in their careers.
Whatever plan we had and whatever system we were planning on playing, we ended up not getting the players in to play it. Giroud or Costa didn’t come off, Kolasinac didn’t come off, Koulibaliy didn’t come off, I’m sure others can name more we were deffo in for but never finalised and tellingly never found plan B’s for.
Can’t say much about Klaassen, Sandro, Keane, Sigurdsson and Rooneys individual performances, but only the latter two have staked any kind of claim to be good enough, but that may well have just been a tough situation to come into and they haven’t got it together yet.
No, I don't think it's the quality of player either, I was being ironic.
Obviously the other ones you mentioned that we were in for would've helped considerably, but I still think the way our club is run from top to bottom, from boardroom to training pitch, is pretty poor right now, and lacking any real direction, personality, or identity, and as such even a better class of player would still not lift us into the top six, not while we are in such a conflicted mess.