I am not a fan of international breaks and to be fair they were brought in to help the England manager prepare better by having more time with his players yet we have not been anywhere near winning anything have we. However it’s back to the bread and butter of league football this weekend with all our teams having new players on show following the frantic last few days of the transfer window.
Yet despite lots 0of new players arriving fans are not as confident of success as I would have thought. I conducted a twitter poll to gauge the fans feelings about where they would end up this season with 4’500 voting.
Villa supporters surprised me with 54% thinking they will finish outside of the top six while 54% of Blues fans thought they would finish outside the playoff places. Lot more positive among Wolves fans with 52% certain they would finish in the top 6.
Baggies fans are delighted with their summer signings with 56% of them saying they will finish between 7th and 12th in the Premier League.
Down in League One a massive 70% of Saddlers supporters are convinced they will finish lower than 6th place.
Apart from Baggies and Wolves fans who have a positive realistic outlook for the season ahead there is a lot of pessimistic but perhaps realistic negativity among other supporters. I am sure this cautious approach is borne out of so many seasons of promise that ended in disappointment?
At the end of the day polls are only opinions there are so many other factors to take into account that will have a huge impact on how the season goes.
Will the new players settle in and make an immediate impact or take time?
Who will have more than one striker netting 15 plus goals?
Who will have a goalkeeper who’s hotter than a Balsall Heath Balti?
Who will suffer least with injuries and suspensions?
Who will have the rub of the green?
All will be revealed between now and May in the soap opera that is football. I can’t wait for Saturday to come.