Writer: Big Old Ulven
Date:Tuesday November 20 2012
At the moment I am watching my favourite hobby, favourite team, and highlight of the weekend being destroyed. Every game feels like forever, and if somehow there is a victory carved out, it feels bittersweet.
A lot of people use the Man Utd game as some kind of defence for AVB, talking about how he masterminded a win at the Old Trafford. Maybe he did, but everybody who saw that game knows that it was not a deserved result, and at least not a result worthy of the Tottenham way. When we had our amazing march in the Champions league it was with pride, it was fun to watch, and the whole of Europe were talking about our achivements and style of play. It wasn't total football, neither tiki taki, it was the Tottenham way. Winning with flourish, winning with pride, it was about the glory of the game. So after around 5 months after Harry what do we have now? Not much, but what we do have is a very high backline limiting our wingers freedom and space. We have a terrified Kyle Walker, unable to get forward with any flair or creativity. Poor boy.
We have a defence with William Gallas in the middle of it, letting everybody run through with his strange positioning, clearing every ball to the penalty spot, while captaining the side. We have no desire to score more than one goal, and we are definitely not keeping possession of the ball anymore. Lack of creativity and ability to keep hold of the ball is the new norm for our beloved Spurs. We also play every game with ten players, as I am yet to see anybody play in the hole after VDV left. We have a great defender in Dawson not playing, but that's probably due to the high back-line situation, so Gallas pace must of course not be overlooked. We have one of the world's best goalkeepers more often than not sitting on the bench, only playing Europa league, waiting for old Brad to step down, or maybe leave the line once in a while from his precious goal. Well, maybe next year when Loris has left us and promising uncle Brad has retired, we could bring Robert Green to the club.
It's all about age and experience. For Pete's sake don't care about players captaining France at 25 years of age. Well, at least we still have the strange tactical substitutions. It annoys me that people still defend AVB, when there is nothing indicating a plan, tactical brilliance, or respect for tradition. I would easily switch into a situation where we were sitting 10th in the league, but playing some great stuff, showing some potential. I don't think for a minute that once Kaboul, BAE, Dembele, and Parker comes back we will suddenly change to some exiting flamboyant football, chasing that goal number two. It will be the same.
He's got his philosophy, and is sticking to it no matter what, and is taking himself and Spurs with him down. People call the season a transition season. I don't agree, Harry's first half season where a transition season, when he inherited a squad with 2 points after 8 games. AVB inherited a top four squad, and should be looking to build on it, not revolution it. He's the same as university principals always having to build a new building in their period, or Presidents of the United States always having to mark their tenure with their own war. Progress was made, so build on it and make it better.
To say Tottenham now suddenly have a bad squad just because Modric, King, and VDV is gone is not fair. He still got two of the best fullbacks in the PL, with okay backup in Naughton. He's got an amazing player in Vertonghen, a great talent in Caulker, and in time the great Kaboul back. He's got Bale and Lennon providing amazing width, and the beast in the middle breaking play up like nobody else in the PL, and Parker on the way back. He's got two great goal scorers in Ade and Defoe, and Dembele looking to become a great deep lying playmaker combined with his physique and ability to travel into channels, never loosing the ball. And at last but not least, four PL standard goalkeepers.
Some positives will be the use of Caulker, and our set pieces, and ability to take the lead, in addition to the flourish of Sandro. But that's all. While we wait on our absentees why not try out Tom Carroll, instead of Dempsey. He looks a great prospect in the Europa League, and maybe he's our Sterling this year. It can't be worse. As a last thought, what about the possibility, when we have Dembele back, of playing Thudd of the striker while we wait for January. He's big, not slower than VDV, can hold on to the ball, great crosser and passer of the ball, and got a fierce shot on him. Remember a commentator many years ago comment his touch as the best in the PL since Glenn Hoddle. Pardon my Norwegian English, and fingers crossed for AVB to come good. Peace
Written by Big Old Ulven
Date:Tuesday November 20 2012
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