At roughly the mid point of the English season and at the back end of the traditional busy festive period it seems a fair time to reflect on how season is panning out so far.. At the beginning of the season if someone were to ask me the question where in the league I'd expect us to finish my own personal opinion would be that City and Liverpool would be the run away front two and I'd like to get third but more likely 4th would be realistic given no summer investment. So to be so close to city given our zero investment,massive injury problems and players returning late from a world Cup I would say we are ahead of schedule. Not where I'd like to be or where we ought to be given that we have been closer in recent seasons to a title challenge I'd except that criticism but that's where we are at right now. CUP COMPETITIONS We are still in all 3 cups(fa cup not played yet granted), qualified from a tough CL group by the skin of our teeth-yes but warranted due to our performances overall and a winnable tie next up in Dortmund. We are also into the semi finals of the league Cup despite tough games against Premier league opposition Watford, West Ham and the Goons. All in all I'd have been more than happy with that. MOVING FORWARD The defeat to Wolves and the manner has no doubt tarnished our start to the season but we do need to capitalize on our unexpected position in the league in terms of being so close to city and not totally cut off from Liverpool but also pulling clear from the likes of arsenal united and Chelsea to cement a top four spot ASAP so we can concentrate on the latter stages of the cups rather than having to split the eggs of a rather tired injury hit thin squad over two or three baskets. We are led to believe that there was money to spend in the summer for the right player(s) but were unable to pursue the targets we wanted who could actually make a difference rather than collect more squaddies. If were to assume that money is still there we need a clear out quickly of players that offer nothing to the squad, that seldom play or are even trusted to play in such a period of tiredness and injuries. They simply collect wages that could be used on players that deserve market wages. They occupy squad numbers that effect quotas and ratios of foreign versus home-grown players etc. Get them out for whatever pittance they bring. Vorm llorente GKN aurier CCV Onomah Janssen even wanyama Dembele lamela if they can't or won't get fit. TARGETS Personally I don't fancy Trippier he is a yard to slow and gets caught out of position too often so I'd be looking to bring in a new full back. We are woefully short in centre mid in terms of numbers and quality and despite Sissoko being outstanding he's playing every game now and possibly getting a little complacent so we need to strengthen in there. Winks I'm still not convinced, Skipp looks quality but he's not ready to play week on week, Dembele and Wanyama we have covered which leaves only Eric Dier who I like but a shadow of himself two years ago. Years gone by we relied on a solid back line and the goals of Harry Kane but now I feel we have gone the opposite way in which we have more options in front of goal with Moura and Lamela when he's fit regular enough in chipping in with goals and assists but still need a 2nd striker. The train of thought it's pointless paying X amount for a striker to play 2nd fiddle like llorente and Janssen but the fact is even though they've been given little opportunity they have always come up short anyhow. The fact is from time to time our no10 needs a rest be it being left out or coming off earlier in games without disruption of the teams shape and work ethic. Also we have been playing with 2 CFs of late but Son again due to be away on international duty. On the back line we need to be playing our strongest back 4 every week to get that understanding and solidity back from the last few seasons and just rotate the forward players who actually clock up the miles. Maybe it's time for Gazza to be given his chance to establish the no 1 spot given the alarming increase in the frequency of lloris' costly errors. If we can do these things I'd be confident going into the 2nd half of the season of actually winning something of note and getting 2nd place. I'd be looking to sign Wan Bissaka, Ndombele and Callum Wilson and or Cengiz Under. If Eriksen and Toby aren't going to be offered the wages they want or deserve or they are just not wanting to play ball move them on now Also to the highest bidders from abroad and invest that also into players such as De Ligt, Rabiot, Pavard or Frenkie De Jong.