By Tony Attwood
Yes one year ago after 12 games played, Tottenham were top of the league. And just to prove that I am not making it all up, here is the table
Yes, just look at that top four including Tottenham, Leicester and Southampton, all sitting in the Champions League positions after 12 games in 2020.
No sign of Arsenal in the top four, for we were actually 15th and looking down not up. And just to prove it here is the whole of that league table after 12 games last season.
|7||West Ham United||12||6||2||4||20||15||5||20|
|16||Brighton and Hove Albion||12||2||4||6||15||21||-6||10|
|19||West Bromwich Albion||13||1||4||8||10||26||-16||7|
Now as it happened after 12 games (for most clubs, some having played one more some one less,) we were five points above relegation, but that was never a worry and the three clubs at the bottom after 12 or 13 games were the three who went down. But, the gap above us was huge – we would have needed five points to overtake Newcastle at that stage!
But we did make something of a recovery, and almost caught Tottenham (as you will recall, from all their excitement at the time, the leaders after 12 games) by the end of the season. As it was we did overtake seven of the clubs above us. Here’s how it ended, in you have forgotten…
|6||West Ham United||38||19||8||11||62||47||15||65|
No sign of Southampton, who clearly got too excited by their new top four status. They sank to 15th.
So where we are now can’t really be taken as a guide to where we will be at the end of the season. Here’s the comparison chart taking in the last few seasons to compare with now, each showing the position after 12 matches…
We have 20 points after 12 games which is an improvement on the last two seasons, but we might care to look back to 2014/15 where we were three points further behind where we are now.
And because you might not believe me when I remind you of what happened in 2014/15, starting from that low base of 8th position and just 17 points, here’s the final table – the end of the season.
Yep we rose from the depths of being eighth in the league and just having 17 points after 12 games, to come third, five points above the fourth is not a trophy slot and 11 points above the mighty Tottenham Hots.
So maybe all is not yet lost.
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