I think there’s two questions really.
Firstly, are we any better?
Yes, we are better. We are not so much better that it’s immediately apparent in the table, although I expect that to change, but we are dealing with whole new issues from last year as well as some of the old faves. We are getting more shots off, scoring more goals, having the ball more in the final third and allowing fewer chances.
Number 2 - are we good? No, to be honest we’re not. We’re pretty average and pretty average teams win some scrappy games and lose some, hence why they come mid table.
We need to increase the amount of quality in the squad, move some bad apples along and fix the previously discussed balance issues on the pitch and within the wider squad.
But in the meantime, especially with Marco’s style, there are going to be some ups and some downs. It is going to take a few years to get really back on our feet. I’m fairly confident Brands knows what he’s doing, and admittedly a lot less confident in Marco, but the whole point of a multi year rebuild is that the guy really driving the train is Brands, and he hasn’t given us a reason to doubt him yet.
3 windows with a clear view of where we are heading. A Richarlison every summer.