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Mid-table mediocrity is underrated

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If we assume that teams positioned from ninth to 14th are 'mid-table' in the Premier League, then does being there qualify as a stress free haven or a non-eventful wasteland for those clubs?

A quarter of the teams in the Premier League will be in this safe zone at some stage with seemingly little to play for other than the right to do so again next year. 

Often at the start of the year, clubs and fans alike will want to see their team reach a 'safe mid-table' position too.

This would typically be a team that has recently gained promotion to the top flight and looking to steady the ship before pushing up the table slowly in a long-term plan that ultimately climbs up and beyond 'no-mans land'.

After all, the Premier League is often described as one of the most exciting divisions around so if the club you support has earned the right to play in it again then it absolutely should be celebrated.

Also, it can be see as a sign of progress. In recent years under Tony Pulis, Stoke were promoted to the Premier League and went on to achieve 'mid-table' status under his guidance. Quite an achievement for the Potters.

Currently, they find themselves in this bracket but with every chance of being dragged back into the relegation dog fight which has been beneath them the past few years.

On the other end of the scale, Southampton have gone from strength to strength since the controversial sacking of Nigel Adkins and the subsequent employment of Mauricio Pochettino.

After a sticky patch of form, though, they are still sitting pretty but in area that seems too far adrift of the high-profile clubs and safely ahead of those trying to catch them. 

Not necessarily a problem, more of an uptown concern.

When the end of season madness kicks off with every single club playing at the same time, the 'table as it stands' feature always shows the drama at the top and the bottom.

It seems as if the teams in the middle scoring last-gasp winners to go from 12th to 11th, for example, are irrelevant. 

Despite apparently having little to play for, the teams that enjoy a spell of mid-table mediocrity will know it doesn't last forever and often crave the days of stress free football once they are gone.

Charlton, Middlesbrough and West Ham all used to be clubs that would expect to be in the middle somewhere come May but that's simply no longer the case.

Mid-table is a wonderful place to be and football fans will have a slightly longer summer not fearing the worst for the teams at the end of the season, if the club can stay there of course.

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