Haven't posted on the main VT forum for a while as in all fairness I'd pretty much written off the season starting again and had switched off from football. It is certainly a welcome distraction now though.
In terms of our prospects I think after the Leicester game we were pretty much done. Now over 3 months down the line and a chance to reset I feel pretty confident. I think the squad has always had the ability to stay up and the reason we found ourselves in deep mire is that we initially had to try to get so many players to gel and that so many of them players were adjusting to the league and in many cases adjusting to a new country. As time went by allowing those adjustments we then increasingly found ourselves in the mire and the pressure of that then brought its own problems.
Now we have almost had another pre season. Most of the players have been here a year and the break has allowed minds to be cleared. I also think not playing in front of a crowd may help us. Whilst Villa Park is a great place to play it can also work against us when we go a goal down, or if we don't start a game well, the crowd gets edgy and the ball then becomes a hot potato for some players. This is obviously exacerbated given the position we are in.
As long as we can cut out the mistakes at the back and the tendency to try to play out of trouble then hopefully we can be stronger defensively. Mings is obviously a good player, Engels for the first few months looked decent and Guilbert and Targett showed at times they are good players. Going the other way I have no real concerns as I am always confident we will score. In Grealish we obviously have someone who can win a game on his own but McGinn, El Ghazi, Luiz, Trez are all capable of producing something special and in Samatta we look to have someone who will get himself in the right positions and when given the service will score.
Having written us off anything now is a bonus so bring it on. Hopefully we can get at least a point from Wednesday and build on that.