It's a real mixed bag for my former sides

Samuel Eto’o celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Tottenham at the weekend. The Blues are over-achieving by leading the Premiership, despite being a ‘work in progress’

Samuel Eto’o celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Tottenham at the weekend. The Blues are over-achieving by leading the Premiership, despite being a ‘work in progress’

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As we enter the latter stages of the season, it’s time to have a closer look at how my teams are faring ahead of the final run-in.

When I say ‘my teams’, I don’t mean I am some billionaire owner, but I am talking instead about the sides I used to played for.

They are, of course, Chelsea, Leeds, Stoke, Reading, Wycombe, St Johnstone and Oxford United.

Each had their own targets at the start of the season, and it’s fair to say that there is a mixed bag when it comes to whether they are meeting these aims.

So where should I start?

Well, there’s no better place than at the top.

Chelsea lead the Premier League and are favourites with a lot of people to win it.

They are also doing well in the Champions League and are a home win away from a quarter-final place.

If Jose Mourinho’s side win the Premier League, they will have over-achieved.

I say that as I believe they are not yet the finished article and are still a work in progress.

Promotion is something that Leeds United supporters expect.

Sitting in 12th place in the Championship and eight points outside the play-offs is not good enough for the Yorkshire giants.

Once again off-the-field matters have not helped the club and have been a constant disruption.

But they should be doing better and are under-achieving.

Now an established Premiership club, I am sure Stoke City would rather have been battling for Europa League qualification rather than trying to avoid relegation to the Championship.

Although in 12th position, they are only six points off the drop-zone, and it will not make for an easy run-in to the season.

There is definitely a case for under-achieving down at the Britannia.

Reading sit sixth in the Championship and in the play-offs.

If they maintain that position – which I think and hope they will – then they will have met their aim for the season.

A safe, mid-table finish would have been the goal for Wycombe Wanderers at the start of the season.

So lying in 18th place in League Two just seven points off the relegation zone is below-par for Gareth Ainsworth’s men.

To reach two semi-finals in a season is a massive feat for any club.

So for Scottish Premiership team St Johnstone to do is a mammoth achievement.

They might have lost the first semi, but have one more to come.

No matter what happens, they will have over-achieved on their season’s goals.

Oxford United sit in a comfortable play-off place and six points off automatic promotion.

If it stayed like that until the end of the season, then I believe that the club would have achieved their goal.

It may seem like a failure seeing as the Yellows were once sitting pretty on top of the league, but it’s not.

Automatic promotion would be great and would be seen as an over-achievement in my eyes.

I hope all my former teams reach their goals for the season as that means success.

Those under-achieving need to pull their socks up.

And quickly!

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