Much has been said lately in criticism of the players for poor results. Others blame the manager, recruitment, the chairmen or just about everyone connected with the running of the club. However, I would just like to call upon fans for patience during this time of transition.
Under Roberto, the team adapted well to an attacking high press style of play, but it became too predictable and open to counter attacks. We failed to address the need to strengthen in defence for this style of play. So, we struggled in mid-table and Roberto was out.
Next came Koeman and Walsh. The new players were brought in to adapt to a more counter-attacking style (aka Leicester). The defence largely sat back and the team caught out the opposition on the break. Again, this worked quite well for the first season. But too many players were recruited for similar positions and it created confusion - sorted out to some extent when Big Sam arrived. He made sure the defence held back and adapted the team to long balls, speeding wingers, trying to connect with a big centre-forward. - We survived! But that style of play is not what the fans want to see. So, in comes Marco.
MS adapts his teams to high press attacking football. Good - except that we don't have all the defenders that can play with that style. Keene came from Burnley, e.g - and he can be ok generally when the play is infront of him, but tracking back against speeding wingers is not his style. That was not how Burnley used him. So, players need to go and others more suited to the style Marco wants to adopt need to come in. This won't happen overnight. In the meantime, the manager has been experimenting to expose the weaknesses of the current squad - and in this he has done a very good job. Now, he needs to work best with what he has until he can bring in the style he wants. He cannot make this happen too soon, because we don't have all the players to make it work. So, this new style will have to come gradually ... and we need to be patient - with a long term strategy to hit the heights in a few short years!
Imo, for what it's worth.