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.

A “Spursy” treble

I did another treble for this game week, continuing my series of betting each week and then writing about how bad it worked out to be.

This weeks picks
Spurs, Southampton and Leister all to win.

Stake: 1.00
Potential returns: 13.90

The results

Southampton comfortably won their game 4-0 meaning that I had easily got one game right.

Leicester won 1-0 despite only having one shot on target. I had a feeling that Leicester would win, after seeing their performances in the previous games, and it turned out to be a very good call.

Lastly I bet on Spurs. I don’t normally do it and I won’t be doing it again anytime soon. After leading 2-1 some terrible defending leading to a Harry Kane own goal caused it to finish 2-2 ruining my treble.

So far
Total placed: 3.00
Total returned: 0.00

Conclusion
Don’t bet on Spurs, they’re one of the only clubs that will draw with a team that only had one shot on target.

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.

Spurs-Then, Recently and The Future

Then

It was a cold Tuesday night and the crowd were on their feet, he’s done it again, Bale skins Maicon and runs down the left flank and hits a killer ball right into the 6 yard box for Pavlyuchenko to score the 3rd goal of the night! The crowd goes wild! They can hardly believe it, Tottenham Hotspur have beaten the champions of Europe at White Hart Lane!

No I wasn’t dreaming, this was the 2010/2011 season. What a season it was, we had everything, a good team, we were playing exciting football, and there was an amazing atmosphere at the lane.

Why Didn’t it Last?!

The main problem was we didn’t build on the team we had, we had Modric, Van der Vaart in his prime, and Bale, what happened to them?! Oh that’s right we sold them for a nice bit of profit.

We also sacked our manager Harry Redknapp but I don’t see that as a mistake. For a start I think we actually under achieved while he was in charge, in both the seasons we got 4th place, we started off higher and ended up slipping and settling for 4th. Sacking Redknapp did however lead to us to losing our fast attacking football.

Recently

After Reknapp’s reign he was replaced by AVB, and this is when we lost our attacking football. I’m not slating AVB but Tottenham fans crave attacking football or what they often refer to as “the Tottenham way”of playing, Andre however preferred a slower tempo game, a lot of spurs fans blamed this for the reason the atmosphere at WHL is no longer anywhere near as good.

In Andre’s first season after an exciting season we narrowly missed out on fourth place, the fans kept the faith in belief that the next season would be better. As usual spurs fans were too optimistic and after heavy defeats to man city and Liverpool Andre’s time at the club was cut short, which I think was a mistake as AVB had not had time to decide what his best XI was, bearing in mind we made 7 signings in the summer. The team hadn’t even had time to gel before another manager was gone.

Then everybodies favourite manager, Tim Sherwood took charge, at first it was great! Our first game he played a positive, attacking 442 formation and we beat Southampton 3-2 in an exciting game. He even excited the fans telling them he thinks he will get this team top 4 again without needing to make any changes. It seemed very positive, but then Tim decided to revert back to 1 striker and the football became less enjoyable to watch. Along then came heavy defeats to City and Chelsea, and Tim had started blaming the fact the players weren’t his and he should be given the job full time to choose who stays and who goes(imagine if his wish was granted!). Tim then decides to go back to 442 but the football still wasn’t exciting to watch and results weren’t very good, including getting knocked out of the Europa league by Benfica and drawing with West Brom. The season finished with a disappointing 6th and yet another manager sacked(in this case it was the right call).

The Future

I have to say I think the future is bright with our new appointment(i will probably be saying that very same statement in 6-18 months time!). Pochettino encourages attacking football, something I can’t wait to have at the lane again! He’s also good at bringing young talent though the youth system, which you can see from what he did at Southampton. He also is good at getting the best out of his players and you can see how the players at Southampton seemed to think very highly of him. We need this at spurs as this seemed to be one of the main problems when Sherwood was in charge, none of them seemed to like him, and he would publicly slate them, making things even worse.

Expectations

I’m not expecting anything for the upcoming season. The main thing I want is to be able to go to spurs and say after it “I enjoyed today, it was a good game”. I’m also hoping for a good cup run, but I’m not expecting top 4 at all, next season is all about building on what we have and improving, we can’t rush and expect top 4 straight away, we have to give our manager time!