Really impressive securing progression, how bad was Zenit ...
On the pitch
The year 2019 has finished and ended with what was a poor final 4 games of the year. We had our dead rubber in the Europa League against Rijeka where we lost 1-0 . Meaning all we had to look forward to was the draw for the 1st knockout round and its Hoffenheim that stand in our way of further progression. A tough draw and one we are unlikely to get past but so far we have shocked in this tournament and we could do it again.
Meanwhile the league saw just 2 points picked up in 3 games with another defeat to Wisla to boot. An awful showing and it sees us slip further down the league into 4th.
Still very much in the title fight but we have to stop drawing and start picking up a run of victories to try and take control of the league campaign. We have the ability and for January i am going to have to re-evaluate the squad as we play a host of friendlies with the window opening in February.
Looking through the squad screen the wall of 7.00+ ratings is starting to disappear and we need to have a look at how we can re-energise the squad. The obvious position is out on the flanks where our back up options are poor and don't really offer us anything should Lookman and Grandsir play badly. With both on loan, i need to find another option.
Our back up striker Vestenicky has struggled too and Hrgota is good but can be a little patchy so that is another option whilst the centre of midfield could do with an injection of quality meaning we might just have 3 new faces in the winter window.
Much to ponder as we head into 2020