Slaven Bilic has taken the reigns in style this season, and it already feels like he’s been in the hot seat for years, it’s as if the Allardyce era was just a dream, or in some people’s eyes, a nightmare.
Bilic has instilled a brand of football that is fitting of our club – a desire to play on the ground, attack with flair, and defend with a do-or-die mentality. However one element I want to see now is consistency.
It’s something our club has always struggled to achieve, and so far this season, although it has been positive overall, we still lack that element.
The Manchester United game proved that.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a great performance – one that warranted all three points in my opinion. However, where was this a couple of weeks ago against Spurs at White Hart Lane? The contrast between the two showings is quite something.
I don’t want to do a disservice to our man Slav because I am 100% behind him, and believe that he is the man to drive us to success. But if we want to achieve our goals, we must play consistently well.
Much like Michael Owen talking nonsense consistently week in week out, we must learn to put in a decent shift every week.
That’s not saying I expect us to win every week, but I don’t want to witness another drubbing like we received at White Hart Lane again.
The Manchester United performance was far more like it. Even if the Match of the Day pundits would never have you believe it.
Stoke City at the Boleyn up next, a prime opportunity to return to winning ways.
A new Where was the Shout? podcast episode will be available online next week!