By this time (17 games) last season we had 25 points, the season before we had 30. We have 18 now.
I'm sure this isn't news to any of you, but that really hammers home how bad we're doing, when you consider we made a poor start to last year but had 7 points more than we do now.
And when you consider how tight things are between 1st-8th place it essentially rules out any chance of a decent finish. Or does it really?
I'm probably in denial, but I'm really struggling to accept that we're not going to be able to reclaim 5th. Is it still possible? What if Villa do what they did last season and screw up? What if this tax thing goes awry with harry and that affects spurs? What if Mancini is shit? What if Rafa stays manager and keeps fucking up? If all of these went our way, and we can start to pick up points, then we could get 5th or even 4th still.
So, what I'm saying is, I don't think I can truly accept that we're going to finish mid-table until it is mathematically impossible to do any better. It's unusally optimistic of me, but I guess I've just become so accustomed to us being a formidable force in the league that I really don't want to go back to the pre-Moyes Everton.
Go on, you can all insult me now