The Not so Fantastic Four

After conceding four to City in our last game, I’m going to look at the four main problems with the Spurs at the moment.

Lamela

I do not normally like to say a bad word about lamela, he hasn’t had much time at the club, but I do feel he needs to improve. He’s to blame for the goal against Arsenal, the first against City and arguably the first penalty (although I would’ve had it down as a dive). He certainly has some quality, but he’s not showing it at the moment and his mistakes are showing to be costly. I feel his place should be given to someone else, until he can prove he deserves it.

Individual errors

Time and time again you see our players make mistakes. I’ve just singled out Lamela, but he’s not the only one, many others make mistakes that lead to goals. This is something that needs to be stopped, otherwise points will be thrown away, and there won’t be any chance of us getting top 4.

No consistent striker

We don’t have a striker that scores regularly. Adebayor literally scores when he wants, if he can be bothered he is brilliant, if he isn’t bothered, he is terrible. Soldado proved he is a good player, with his performance against City, but he still hasn’t got his goal scoring record on track. He missed a penalty, but had a much better overall game than Adebayor has had recently. We really do need to buy a striker in January.

Mentality

We need to sort it out in two ways.

The first is the fans. They treat Spurs as a top 4 club, which we are not. When a player misplaces a pass, there’s moans around the stadium, the players are not perfect, we as the fans, need to get off their backs and start supporting them. I really think the atmosphere needs to improve, it can only have a positive impact on the players. If we stop having such a high expectation it will take the pressure off the players and help them to play well.

The players also need to change their mentality. When we are down by a goal or two the players seem to almost give up – it doesn’t seem like they want to try to make a comeback. If you look at the Man City game, we did initially do well to equalise, but then at 3-1 we didn’t go for it anymore, whether this was because we were a man down I don’t know. There was one point that stood out to me the most, Townsend had run to the City half, but there wasn’t anyone in the box, Eriksen and Soldado were the closest but neither were in a good position. It’s almost as if the players had given up hope for the game by that point. Maybe if the atmosphere was better, it would rally the players more in these situations and make them want to keep going.

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Why Soldado IS a £26 million player

Despite how poor he has been during his time, I still think he has got the quality that warranted the fee we paid.

The problem
The problem is something that has been pointed out time and time again: he doesn’t get any service. You will often see him drifting out wide, just to get a touch of the ball. The problem is, he needs to be in the box, he needs be waiting there ready to pounce on an opportunity and capitalise on it. Being a lone striker makes it harder because he can’t do that, he has to be more involved.

Solution
Selling him is NOT an option. If we sold him to pretty much any team he would score a lot more then he does now. This is especially true if we sold him to a team like Arsenal, they can’t a high amount of chances in a game, and supply their striker quite regularly. When they were relying on Sanogo, you could see they needed a striker that could actually finish, and they did buy another one.

I don’t think we do need to buy a new striker, I just think we need to change our style of play to help Soldado out and make sure he is getting the supply he needs to score goals.

Conclusion
Soldado isn’t terrible, he just needs much more support from the rest of the team, and this something that will need to be addressed by Poch if we want any chance of challenging for one of those top 4 spots.

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Spurs vs WBA and general review

After the West Brom game I thought it was necessary to share my thoughts on the game, and the season so far.

First half
In the first half we seemed to struggle to do anything, most of the time we were just hitting long hopeful balls to Adebayor, which didn’t go very well. West Brom had the better chances.

Second half
We tended to pass the ball into the middle and then get crowded out. Lamela was constantly asking for the ball, but didn’t have many options when receiving it. West brom scored from a corner, no one was marking properly and they scored.

Our performances
From what I’ve seen so far, we can keep the ball fairly well and not make too many mistakes, although when we play out of defence, it does seem to be quite poor. Lamela wants the ball all the time and wants to do well which is great. Chadli is very inconsistent, sometimes he will play well, sometimes he will be invisible. What seems to be our key problem is we don’t have someone that will take a shot, everyone is looking for a pass, that’s what we miss from Defoe or even Townsend. If we don’t shoot we can’t score.

Atmosphere
Our atmosphere at Spurs still isn’t as good as it should be and I pin it down to one thing, the fans expectations. The fans seem to have a mentality of a top 4 club, but currently we are not one. This leads the fans to get frustrated easily as a top 4 club should be doing better. Until we get top 4 on a regular basis, we can’t afford to have this mentality as it will lead to disappointment.

What our aims should be
We don’t have much of a chance of getting top 4 this year, with the amount of teams competing for it. I think we should aim for a trophy, wether that be the europa league or the fa cup, any trophy would make it a successful season.

Tottenham Transfers 2014/15 summer overview

As the window has come to a close, I’m going to look how it went for Spurs.

Ins

Davis + Vorm (Siggy + £3.5mil)
Eric Dier (£4mil)
Yedlin (£2.5mil)
Fazio (£8mil)
Stambouli (£4.7mil)

Total spent: £22.7mil

Outs

We made quite a lot of transfers out, I’ll just include the key ones here.

Livermore (£8mil)
Falque (£4mil)
Dawson (£6mil)
Coulilbaly (£1.5mil)
Obika (£200k)
Fryers (£3mil)
Sandro (£10mil)

Total Returned: £32.7mil

Thoughts

We did the right thing selling Livermore and Sandro as neither were really necessary anymore, so to get a total of £18mil for both of them is pretty impressive. We then bought Stambouli for around £4.7mil which is a bargain, it definitely looks like we’ve improved our midfield with those transfers.

Defence wise we did well to offload Dawson and get a good amount of money for him. We also got a decent return on Fryers seeing as he is no longer needed. Dier has already proved to be worth what we paid, and I’m sure Davis will be too. We’ve also got Fazio and Yedlin (he’s been sent back on loan for now) so our defence has definitely been boosted.

Offensively we were finally able to get rid of Obika and we got a decent amount of money for him. We also sold Falque which wasn’t much of a surprise. We did sell Coulilbaly which seemed quite strange after the fact he supposedly had some potential to do well at the club. We didn’t buy any forwards which means if Ade gets injured we only have Soldado, who still doesn’t seem to be able to score, and Kane, who’s isn’t good enough to play at such a high level.

Overall it was a good window, but I think we should’ve got a striker, we will see how it works out without buying one.

‘Arry Redknapp’s (not so) triffik treble

For this weeks bet I was able to speak to Harry himself. I saw him near Tottenham ahead of this weekend’s game and he was kind enough to bring his window down to talk to me.

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I started by thanking him for taking the time to talk to me, to which he said “no problem at all mate, you’re one of the propa people in football, not like most of the journalists these days”. I thanked him for his compliment and went on to ask him who he’s backing this week…

The bet

“I’ve gone for Millwall for my first team, they’re in triffik form and I can’t see Rotherham beating them today. I’ve also gone for Swansea, they put in a triffik performance last week, winning at Old Trafford, they’ve also got triffik players like siggy in their team, Burnley won’t get a point ‘ere! My last team is Villa, they played triffik last week and I can see them winning again.”

I thanked him but asked him why he didn’t even mention that his QPR team were playing against his old team Tottenham this weekend. He replied saying “well it’ll be a tough one to call, Spurs are a triffik team with triffik players but they’re not a top 4 side like when I was managing them before I got sacked, but that’s football, I’ve moved on to QPR and I’ve got some triffik players ‘ere and it could be a close game”

I thanked Redknapp for taking his time out to talk to me, he put his window back up and left.

Results

Villa drew against Newcastle meaning the bet was over before it even began, a 0-0 stalemate meaning the backing of Villa was incorrect.

Swansea continued their impressive start to the season with a win, meaning at least one prediction was correct.

Millwall lost 1-0 to Rotherham meaning another incorrect result.

Conclusion
After another week of doing poorly, I have come to the conclusion that I am cursing any team that is included in my bet, therefore I will be betting on Arsenal from now on! All jokes aside I think I need to do more research before I lose all my money.

Profit/loss

Placed: 2.00
Winnings: 0.00
Profit/loss: -2.00

Nabil Bentaleb-First Team Material?

Nabil Bentaleb featured in the first team 15 times last season, which is impressive considering he is only 19 years old, but did he deserve his place in the team or was it another mistake by manager at the time, Tim Sherwood?

Stats

Nabil has been given 8 awards in total by squawka for good play during a match. This includes 3 best player of the team awards which is particularly impressive as it shows he is able to out perform our best players at such a young age. He was also given 3 for best possession of the ball which highlights his ability of keeping and passing the ball. He also won 2 for best defence, this shows that not only can he keep and pass the ball successfully but he can also track back and help out the defence when he is needed to.

Overall Opinion

Overall I would definitely say that I am glad that Bentaleb was introduced into the first team. He has already showed signs that he deserves a place in the squad if not the first team, and at 19 years of age he can only improve. I would also say he is extremely under-rated, even by spurs fans. I would put this down to the bias some spurs fans had against Tim Sherwood, which caused them to dislike everything he did,including the introduction of Bentaleb. Although I personally didn’t like Tim Sherwood, I do think that his decision to include Nabil in the first team was a good one, and it should be something we, as spurs fans, should be thankful for. I would also say that if Bentaleb was in Manchester City’s or Manchester United’s squad, possibly even the Arsenal squad, people would rate him much higher then they currently do.

His Future

I’m sure that Bentaleb will turn into a quality player, so expect him to be involved in a transfer scandal involving Spanish paper Marca and Real Madrid, in a few years time!

All stats from squawka.com

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