The previous article centred on the positive takeaways from the first four matches of our return to the Premier League, of which there were plenty. Although I despise international breaks so early in the season, the premature suspension of serious football may actually work in our favour this time around.

It has been a tough and unforgiving start to our return to where we truly belong, and for all the good things we’ve seen already, there are some areas where the gloss is less shiny, the optimism more muted and the deficiencies are more clearly magnified.

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