4-2-3-1

HARRY REDKNAPP last night launched the exciting 4-2-3-1 formation many Spurs fans have been mapping out all season.

Luka Modric was back in his favoured central role, pulling the strings, getting on the ball and tasked with minimal defensive responsibility.

Behind him was the axis of steel, in Brazilian powerhouse Sandro and skipper Scott Parker. Thou shalt not pass.

In attack, Emmanuel Adebayor led the forward line with his usual gusto and outstanding movement while Modric was flanked by the marauding Gareth Bale and Dutch master Rafael van der Vaart.

Redknapp’s system, and the way his players executed it, left Norwich chasing shadows in midfield.

Paul Lambert’s team were so starved of possession, they were unable to put Spurs under any sustained pressure.

Anything they did attempt was easily snuffed out by William Gallas and Younes Kaboul.

Full-backs Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Walker pushed on down the flanks, to operate largely as wing-backs safe in the knowledge Gallas and Kaboul had Sandro and Parker protecting them.

It worked a treat, nullifying the Canaries and opening up their well-organised, deep defence often enough, ensuring Spurs would eventually get the breakthrough they needed.

And if the likes of Adebayor, van der Vaart, Walker and Modric had their shooting boots with them, it would have been a bigger margin of victory.

Even the outstanding Bale wasted opportunities before atoning with his opener, after getting up to support Adebayor in the box, and his beautifully crafted second.

There’s certainly food for thought for Redknapp. Bigger challenges await but his team continue to grow and prosper with each hurdle they successfully negotiate.

With the likes of Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar waiting in the wings to play their roles if called upon, and Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon soon to return from injury, Redknapp’s has a wealth of talent to call upon.

One or two quality additions in January can further galvanise the Spurs faithful and ensure this group continue to mix it with the best the Premier League has to offer in 2012.

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