The season so far: Mystery rather than clarity

Just about a third of the way through the fixture list and more questions than answers regarding the progress made. Arguably, the August to November period could be classed as nothing more than satisfactory given the fact that 100m was invested in Bale replacements over the summer, but reactions from the fans have ranged from the forgiving to the downright indignant.

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Lack of Understanding!

With the season 11 games in, the table shows us in 7th position and only 5 points of top spot. Whilst this seems to be ‘respectable’ in what has become the most unpredictable season I can remember for many a year, there are clear signs that a lot of work needs to be done.
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Signs for Concern and Optimism

People are a bit quick to lay blame at AVB’s door, but injuries haven’t helped him while Baldini’s role might be even more significant. Tactically, undoubtedly, AVB needs to show more flexibility and not stubbornly stick to his preferred 4-5-1 (or 4-2-3-1, if you prefer). The fact that both Vertonghen AND Adebayor have been voicing their frustration in the press (as has AVB himself), though somewhat tepidly, might be indicative of a problem brewing, frustration perhaps being the key word. While, according to AVB, we’ve got 30 goals in the last 17 games, Others’ concerns about our scoring rate this season is nevertheless significant. The apparent refusal to include Adebayor is a major worry for me and we need to find a combination of two up front, at least at home, fairly quickly if this season is to stay on track. Having said that, AVB brought us a record points total last season and has now delivered our best ever start to a Premier League season, so on the surface there’s very little to argue with in terms of results. Continue reading

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Squad – Is it good enough?

GKs: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes

FBs: Walker, Rose, Fryers, Naughton
CBs: Dawson, Vertongen, Kabouls, Chiriches

CMs: Paulinho, Sandro, Dembele, Holtby, Capoue
AMs: Chadli, Lamela, Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Lennon, Townsend

STs: Soldado, Defoe, Adebayor

Is that good enough? And good enough for what?
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What the Hell is Levy Playing At?

 

It’s been a long time since we have seen a Summer Spending Spree of this ilk at Tottenham. What the hell is Levy thinking. Soldado £30m, Paulinho £17m, Chadli £7m, Capoue £9m. It also looks like we will be signing Lamela for £30m and increasingly likely that we will also sign Chiriches for around £9m and Eriksen for around £10m with other names being bandied around as well. That’s roughly £118m so far. Continue reading

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