Reading vs. Tottenham Hotspur.
Perhaps I have missed something truly terrible, such is the negativity over Tottenham's first three games, but this morning I actually feel pretty positive with my football world.
Though we sold one of our best players and missed out on signing one or two very attractive targets, on balance we did well in bring in players and also move on several others that either didn't want to be here or simply were no longer good enough. As I wrote earlier in the week, I now find it hard to pick my best Spurs XI and that is because there is both quality and versatility in so many players roles, but we also have genuine strength in depth and flexibility of formation.
The team could obviously still be better and with what we have, they have to gel as a unit, but things really aren't as bad as some fans and media are almost enjoying the idea that the wheels have fallen off and we are doomed to crash before we have even got out of first gear.
Tomorrow, I don't see AVB making too many changes from the team that disappointed at home to Norwich, but perhaps the sheer fact that we will have the likes of Lloris, Dempsey, Parker, and so many other top quality players breathing down the starters necks, can any player take a starting spot for granted and at last we have real competition as opposed to a bunch of highly talented underachievers.
As yet it is unclear whether Scott Parker is fit enough to be back in contention, but we know that aside from Younes Kaboul's long term absence, we only have Clint Dempsey and Sandro suffering from a bit of jet lag, but both are surely going to feel fully recovered by tomorrow afternoon. The main question is whether this is a time for AVB to rotate and rest a few players, with one eye on Lazio next Thursday in our opening Europa league game of the season.
Reading are a team that are hungry, hard working and play decent, effective football. What interests me is whether they again feel the nerves in front of their own supporters as they did against Stoke or play without fear as they did at Stamford Bridge? In terms of 1 - 11 quality, there aren't too many Reading players that would definitely get into the Spurs team, but the same would probably also be said of Norwich. Have Spurs tightened up their defence and also added the extra creativity that has so far been missing in the opening three games?
Lloris, Dembele, Dempsey and Adebayor, must all be close to getting a start tomorrow and perhaps all that will be stopping AVB picking them will have been the lack of playing time with their team mates due to the international break, but I would expect to see Dembele start in midfield to add some forward drive and creativity, but will Dempsey get the nod over Lennon or Sigurdsson perhaps and similarly is Adebayor fit enough in his new No10 number to take over from Jermain Defoe at the head of the attack?
Just having players of their quality on the bench will hopefully make those eleven that start fight that little harder, and with such competition and quality in depth, I do feel the future for Spurs is bright and perhaps 3 points tomorrow will bring some sunshine into Tottenham fans lives and give the media no more excuses to be critical of our beloved club...