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Assuming our football league program returns this week, West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City provide Blues with an opportunity to build upon the away win at Preston. At this stage, with the current situation surrounding the club takeover still uncertain and the slow return of players from injury, achieving points this week and remaining undefeated would be some achievement. Lofty ambitions maybe, but very doable.
We need the impetus and the consistency to flow, particularly from the new recruits who have the ability to show flair. Chong and Mejbri are the game changers for me, with pace and skill. Getting them involved during games is going to be the key, as being on the front foot should naturally increase our possession without being worn down with long periods of dogged defending.
After the Coventry game and the enforced two weeks international break, more returning players from injury will be available to John Eustace for selection. This is obviously welcome and needed, but at the same time to finish outside a bottom five in the table by 5pm this coming Saturday is the realistic target in my view.
Ten games will have been played and, hopefully, the points earned during this difficult start to the season will be viewed as respectable. A fully fit squad thereafter could make things very interesting. But results over these next two games will take on extra significance for fans, and help to shape views as to whether or not we are in for a good remaining thirty-six games.
Early days accepted, but nothing wrong with having lofty ambitions. Building on that Preston result must be the way forward. Meanwhile, let us all hope that the Richardson/Lopez takeover does gain further momentum and flourishes this week.
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