We are right now but I'm not sure we should be, given that Koeman has spent in excess of £220m in about 14-15 months. City, Utd and Chelsea are operating on a different level, agreed, but there's no reason we shouldn't be closer to the other 3, given their problems and resources.
I disagree, we've spent a lot of money for one year - we've been consistently outspent in fees and wages for the better part of 20 years. You don't catch up with 5 players no matter how expensive they are.
Plus, if you take away the insane inflation of that transfer window, we're even further behind in our outlay.
Fact is, we spent a lot of money but we were still buying players from a totally different level that the top 6 operate at. we've bought players that should have helped push us further away from those below us, but most wouldn't get in the top 6, let alone the fact that most of the top 6 have options on the bench that would walk in to our team ahead of them. That doesn't mean we bought poorly, that's a different convo, I think we bought about the level of players we could feasibly attract.
I think we're another 2-3 years off cracking the top 6 regularly (not talking freak Moyes 4th or freak Martinez 5th I'm talking being up there) and I don't think it's unrealistic to say we want to overturn 20 years of being fucking dross with the odd decent window in between and it's going to take us 5 years to do it.
Do I think this season looks like we've headed in the right direction? Nah. But I think the money we've spent has given some of our fans the impression of our ambition that is sadly misguided, and it's leading to even less patience among blues.
I'm not happy, the style has been shit, I can't see what he's trying to do, I don't understand why he's persisting with who he's persisting with, but I'm willing to accept the idea that there are factors at play beyond it being the managers fault, and i feel idea that chopping off the limb will heal the systemic problem is an overly simplistic one.