Also, this is what annoyed me about the constant shouts for width / pace.
Yes they’re important but they’re not essential.
What is essential is structure, solidity and players knowing what each other is going to do.
But, at heart, isn't this the real issue? We've completely overhauled the squad in the past 12 months, including your classic "sell your expensive player and buy 10 new players" summer move. This is Premier League football, you can't just create a team more or less completely from scratch, and expect them to immediately gel.
At best that kind of transition to get a team playing well together takes anything from 6-12 months. We've likely extended that timeframe by firing our manager, and all the fans shouting about how the squad needs yet another overhaul in January are completely missing the point. It'll only make the situation worse.
Fact is, we have the players to be competing in the top 6-7 of the league. What we actually need is more stability of manager, tactics, team selection and, above all, time. None of which we're getting.