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Let`s forget about the weekends result and put that and any other poor result down to a blip or bad day at the office. The good news is that the other 19 clubs are equally as bad.

After just finishing a question and answer thingy for Vital Man City, the decline of our premiership hit me again and perhaps we are not getting better, but the others are in fact getting worse. Sure this season we are battling the top three instead of fighting for our lives at the bottom, but for all the optimism, have we really improved that much this time round from last season.

I think it goes without saying that Harry is turning things around and the players remain behind the clubs manager, but with Harry they are at least not trying to stick knives in, so there are many positives to suggest that we are at least heading in the right direction.

To compare our best eleven of this season to last is probably not ideal, as last season`s best was probably better than the side of this season, partly due to injuries to key players, but I guess every Spurs fan would take King and Woody over Dawson and Bassong, while is Crouch really head and shoulders above Pav?

The squad is probably better, but still there are a few who need to move on for everyone`s sake and this is easier said than done with player contracts no guarantee of the right buyer at the right price. But the facts remain that we like several others are hardly any better that last season and many are worse.

Forget the league positions, we can take a look at corresponding results from the two seasons and if we compare our form in games last time to this we are actually one point better off than last season. But anything other than a win tomorrow and we will actually be worse than last year. The only bonus is that the majority of the Prem are just as bad.

This isn`t a go at Spurs, but perhaps says more about the Prem than anything else. Take a look for yourself and honestly tell me who are playing better or are stronger than last season? City for sure, Sunderland probably, but who else?

Man United are probably good enough to win the league, but do you really think they have moved forward. Chelsea are better organised, but are they better, Arsenal are still flat track bullies and Villa are doing about as well as last season, whilst Liverpool...

In many ways the Prem has become a game for the fan again, as you really expect there to be shocks at every level. Who would have picked Wolves to beat Spurs? Burnley to beat United or Wigan, yes the Wigan that lost 9-1 to thrash table topping Chelsea 3-1? Great for football in terms of entertainment and excitement, but sadly the quality has dropped from the top, but not improved at the bottom sufficiently for those teams to overtake.

Credit where it is due, Spurs are heading in the right direction, but this is more in terms of stability and mindset than consistency of performance and comparing this with last year, results are no better so is any development smoke and mirrors as opposed to actual on pitch progress???

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Date:Tuesday December 15 2009

Time: 12:42PM


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