Every manager makes mistakes and AP has done some himself, but overall he has made far less than most in this division, when you take into account the squad that we have, money spent and sold and the expectation of the media at the start of the season, let's get real nobody would have predicted us to be 6 points behind Spurs who are 3rd at the this stage of the season.
The squad does need strengthening and ideally we would have bought in another defender, but I wouldn't want us to get anybody who wasn't going to improve the squad longterm for 4 million, as that then comes out of next season budget, so far it has worked out as if we get the 6th place then signing a defender or not wouldn't make us finish higher, don't get me wrong a good loan deal would have done me, or going out and spending big to bring somebody in like we did with Cisse, but in this window you have limited time to get it sorted as well as the extra cash that you pay.
Once the window opens I hope the Toon bring in a few players and a CD to be able to try and push for Taylor position, so atleast we have the quality in a back up, either the new lad or Taylor, we would have enough games to keep everybody happy providing we get the Europa league
I do think next season, the goals will be a bit more spread out, as we will have Cisse. Cabaye will be more settled and then a decent right winger providing goals will mean that we don't have to relay on BA. HBA has been discussed so much, and as I said he will play more next season, but it is down to the work rate that he shows, so unless he plays on the wing in a 4-4-2, and we make the right back totally sitting to cover him it wouldn't work in that formation as Cabaye and Tiote have to be in the CM, so you would then need to play him in a 4-5-1 in behind the forward, and try and set up the team around him like Barca do for Messi, but then it means that Cisse is dropped.