The next few months will tell us exactly what this squad can do

There is plenty at stake for our men this campaign.

There is no denying that we’ve come a long way under David Moyes since he returned for a second stint at the end of 2019.

Steering us away from relegation fears last campaign to guiding us into the Champions League places this season, a lot of credit has to go to Moyes.

But the next couple of months are really going to show what this squad is capable of – and how much they buy into the Moyes regime.

In seasons gone by, you’d get a surprise team clock up 40 points quickly, position themselves with the big boys at the top end of the table, and then, with their Premier League status confirmed, coast to the end of the season.

And there have been a few seasons where you’ve felt some of our players were already on the beach with little to play for towards the end of a season.

But there is plenty at stake for our men this campaign. It’s unlikely but a good run between now and May 23 and we could find ourselves in the Champions League if other results go our way.

Equally, if some of the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool do start to go through the gears and pull away from us, we could still find ourselves in an Europa League berth.

For the likes of Rice, Soucek, Ogbonna and Coufal, they will all be hoping to carry on the form that has seen them all on the longlist for Hammer of the Year to secure their place in their respective national side for the Euros this summer. 

Then there’s also Fabianski and Lingard who are hoping to make it to the delayed summer tournament.

Moyes is out of contract this summer and I think qualifying for Europe will testament to our squad’s belief in what the Scot and his backroom team are trying to achieve.

A mid-table finish from here would signal to me that a few of our squad may have got the bermudas and flip-flops on prematurely.

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