We got 97 points last season but didn't win the EPL because we're competing with one of the greatest club sides ever.
Availability of best players
Outrageous winning goals (Everton, Spurs)
Purple patch finishing (mane, Origi)
But "not bad" isn't good enough when you are up against this Man City team, you need perfection. One minor wobble for 4/5 games in the season and its over.
I'm fine with 86 as it means we're a very good team. but most of our fans will lose their shit cos it means they already know we won't win the league
It's my belief that quality reinforcements would:
1) move the needle upwards on our baseline performance
2) mitigate the risks of any negative skews.