We’ll keep an eye on how we compare with our relegation season of two years ago as a way to gauge how well (or otherwise) we are doing to avoid relegation this season.
That’s job one this season – we must stay in the Premier League.
We are slightly better off after 21 games played with one more point and a better goal difference.
So that’s at least something, and two years ago we beat West Ham at home 2-1 in our 22nd game.
But then lost five of the next six games and won only one – a 1-0 win at home to West Brom.
And that’s when Steve McClaren was fired with only 24 points from 28 games after we lost at home to Bournemouth on 5th March 2016 and in came Rafa.
Rafa Benitez – hopefully he can guide us to safety
We have to hope we can get more points on the board in the next seven games and every game is possible to win – even against the top sides.
We have still to play Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea at home and we can get some points there if we are on form and have some new recruits brought in this month.