A top 6 side would only have from our squad:
Chris Jones or Percival
That says all you need to know.
And yet top six teams other than Exeter would only take Johnson, Hayes, Jess and Mieres from the Chiefs IMO. Exeter are greater than the sum of their parts - something we are yet to achieve. It's not all about the players in the squad.
In my view, we have a squad that is fully capable of having our best season ever and of playing some exciting rugby. There are, however, a number of issues that need addressing to help us become a good team - solid set pieces, support play, player configurations at 4-8 and a bit of self-belief.
Once we get Murray in at 3, the pressure will be off Andress and he may flourish in a more relaxed atmosphere. I think a few more sessions with Rourre will help our support play - as will the return of our injured wingers.
The biggest player problem Hill desperately needs to sort out, is what is going on with the second row; Each of our four lanky boys brings something, but not all can play, nor should they. Hill must bite the bullet and select two locks, and then pick a balanced back row to compensate for any weaknesses presented by the second.
Our greatest issue is not a personnel-based one at all IMO. It has been mentioned by others and I shall repeat it: Worcester do not yet believe themselves to be a top side. We had that self-belief when we were promoted the first time, as we had true perspective on becoming one of the 12 best sides in the country. Years of languishing at the bottom are making their mark - on us as much as the players. I have no idea if the club have looked at sports psychologists, but if we are making no headway by Christmas, I'd say it would be worth a shot.
We have the ingredients - ground, fans, facilities, players, coaches. There is just a spark missing.