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So there have been numerous articles on here of late that relate to our formation and AVB's rotation policies.

Injuries seem to be the main reason why AVB has mainly stuck to a single formation and avoided too much rotation which has led to many questions regarding his tactical expertise as well as our squad depth. So with the Jan Window approaching and the transfer rumours starting to hit the papers I wanted to see what our fans are hoping to see in the window to continue moving forward under AVB. Which players do we need? what formation is going to be best?

Here are my suggestions and what this will allow us to do in 2013. 1) Joao Moutinho: He has to be priority number 1. Yes we have Sandro who can run all day from box to box, and Scotty to return who is a real general, however, neither of these has the passing skills and composure on the ball that Moutinho possesses. He will also be a AVB soldier to implement AVB's plans on the field having worked together before. 2) Jesus Navas: An attacking winger with goals in him is something we could do with. Lennon is great but I find he lacks a quality finish and crosses are often suspect.

Navas would provide us huge depth in that area and make the right side of Spurs one of the most dangerous in the league. Some will argue that a few more are needed but with some players coming back from injury and these 2 additions, Spurs will enter 2013 with real options to play both 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 and interchange between them with ease! 4-2-3-1: GK - Lloris DF - Walker, Kaboom, Jan, BAE DM - Parker, Moutinho AM - Lennon, Dembele, Bale STR - Ade Bench: Friedel, Naughton, Caulker, Navas, Defoe, Sandro 4-3-3: GK - Lloris DF - Walker, Kaboom, Jan, BAE DM - Sandro, Dembele, Moutinho A - Navas, Ade, Bale Bench: Friedel, Naughton, Caulker, Lennon, Defoe, Falque

These 2 formats and additional players allow us to start a game with either system and change by the end of the game with a sub or 2 when needed, or simply enter each game with a different option based on the opposition. With everyone fit, this becomes an amazing squad considering I have not even included the likes of Gallas, Dawson, Hudd, Townsend, Dempsey and Siggy. That provides sufficient depth. Anyway that is my 10 cents and I believe with these changes we will start to see the real benefit of having a coach such as AVB take us into 2013 and beyond!

Written by jhbspur

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Date:Wednesday November 21 2012
Time: 8:48AM


I agree it's about time we got a proper right mid/winger as Lennon is only good now and again. I think he has been unchallenged far too long. Although Jesus Navas is a good call I would worry about his homesickness, (mummy' boy). This has been loaded against him in the past and stopped him moving abroad before. I think the Russia Dzagnoev would be a better addition.
Andre's Crouching
21/11/2012 09:11:00
Sounds like the Moutinho bid is over, it failed. according to most reports so we need to move on, we missed our chance. Same too with Willian, although less conclusively. My preference would be to look to the eredivisie for a midfield talent. Any of Christian Eriksen (ajax), Jordy Clasie (feyenoord) or Adam Maher (PSV I think) would be excellent replacements for modric. Eriksen would be most expensive and I think he's indicated that he wants to stay at Ajax for the summer, so a January move may not be feasable. However, it might be worth it to wait it out and get him then as he is a truly amazing player for around what we got modric for I reckon. Lots of teams in for him though. Jordy Clasie would be perfect as a deeper lying playmaker than the other two, he can tackle hard, dictate tempo and has a brilliant pass on him. Adam Maher is the one I know least about but I've heard he has the most talent of the lot and is the youngest, anyone know anything more about him? As for the striker we desperately need, and as Coopsie hasn't been here for a while I'll plug for Doumbia. Stevan Jovetic or Adrian Lopez would be great buys too in that department. All just short of world class (both in quality and price) but could flourish in the prem and really add something to us.
21/11/2012 09:18:00
IMO a striker is perhaps the most important, Defoe is, well Defoe and Ade is off to the ANC, we are quite light in that department. Unless of course we can persuade Loris or Friedal to move further upfield LOL !
21/11/2012 09:28:00
It seems like Dawson will go in January to fund purchases- Moutinho and a striker who can keep the ball and score goals= Daimao is also needed. With BAE, Kaboul, Parker, Dembele hopefull all back in January, I think Moutinho and Daimao is fine, although I agree Lennon needs proper competition- previous manager's have all seen this with Bentley, Piennar, and others bought in to challenge him, but none have had the sufficient pace/quality to offer sufficient options.
21/11/2012 09:42:00
T-spur5 Moutinho and damiao fine!?? that would be bloody amazing mate and its not gonna happen!!!
21/11/2012 09:50:00
This might sound controversial but we should not panic and buy for the sake of it. We should buy 1st team players across many positions as they are available and if not sit on our wallets. It's almost more important to keep shifting the deadwood at the club. We have a few players that are out of sight, out of mind at the moment (Cuducini, Gomes, Jenas, Bentley, Rose, Khumalo, Dawkins, Obika etc). If we make inroads into shifting that lot then the summer window will become easier. Then we can move on Friedel (to GK coach hopefully) and Gallas and really go for a couple of big signings.
21/11/2012 09:52:00
Two players shone for Juventus yesterday evening - Vidal as a creative attacking midfielder and Vucinic who is a slightly younger version of Berbatov with a beard. Add Willian to play wide right and I'd be happy. One other player we should have another look at is Micah Richards. His place isn't guaranteed at City and he has the pace and athleticisim to play right back or centre back in a high line defence. We'd need to shift out a lot of players surplus to requirements (Friedel, Gallas, Huddlestone, Dawson etc.) to generate some funds and make room in the squad.
21/11/2012 09:54:00
The critical problem is to find some cover for Dembele, someone who can play the same way, not someone who sits and passes. The striker options will need reviewing, although that might be more sensibly done at the end of the season. As has been pointed out we rely too much on Bale and Lennon out wide, I suppose the key here is what the manager thinks of Falque and Townsend. There needs to be some realism in transfer targets. From what I could make out at the time the transfer fee for Moutinho would have been twice what we paid for Dembele and his wage demands were on similar lines. We need to look for better value.
21/11/2012 09:54:00
et tu, brute.... chelsea sack di matteo.
21/11/2012 09:57:00
here we go, football manager players thinking the game is the real world again. How many of these players have you seen more than twice? dear oh dear. The Moutinho boat has long since sailed, forget it. Willian unlikely as Shaktar will probably still be involved in the champions league and they want top dollar which we wont pay. Navas, not a chance in hell. So there you go, your grand plan in tatters, back to the computer game then.....
21/11/2012 10:05:00
jimmy yid why don't you contribute to the discussion and propose your own players rather than just dismissing others. I agree about Willian and Moutinho, they are gone, just would like to see your views on who we SHOULD buy. Also, I've tried buying Moutinho as Spurs on Football Manager, and he doesn't want to come for some reason :( got lewandowski though ;)
21/11/2012 10:28:00
Navas suffers from severe home sickness, not going to happen and wouldn't want it. He is a slight improvement on Lennon, but not a big enough step up for the cost.
Tactically Challenge
21/11/2012 10:39:00
it just depends where we are going to shop....we need a striker as our two are approaching the end of their careers and don't offer any flexibilty and we need a creative who ideally could play a forward role wide....Falcao, Lewandowski, Llorente, Damiao, Cavanni, Muller, Gomez may all be out of reach but the big clubs can't have them all! then there's Huntelaar, Doumbia, Negrado, El shaaraway, Pablo osvaldo, steven Jovotic, alvaro morata, Erik Lamela, Sturridge, Dzagoev etc....there are plenty out there that can improve our team....or of course we can just try and find a journeyman prem player and talk him up...
21/11/2012 10:43:00
We have more chance of getting Monica Lewinski, Wilts. :)
Love totty
21/11/2012 10:56:00
I forgot Isco, Ben Arfa, Hamsik and Eriksen....window washing, window shopping, window's all the same isn't it??
21/11/2012 10:57:00
No.1 Striker, no.2 creative centre midfielder, no.3 winger. In that order and no.1 & 2 are an absolute minimum.
21/11/2012 11:45:00
Redknapp is new temp manager of Chelsea...he wants Gallas & Frediel in Jan..........................true!
Andre's Crouching
21/11/2012 11:46:00
I have not seen anything to change what AVB wanted at the start of the season, or sadly anything that will get them. AVB clearly wanted Moutinho & Willian and still does. Dembele injury has only highlighted need for Moutinho & Lennon lack of goals (V Willian every time I see him in CL) only increases frustration at Levy NOT backing AVB in transfer window. Remember, we made a profit.
21/11/2012 12:02:00
Jimmy-yid, cheer up pal.
Tottenham Hotcore
21/11/2012 13:53:00
Do not think we need Moutinho necessarily not with Dembele now, think we need a no.10 creative attacking player. Then we need a RW to take Lennon's spot and a world class striker. Problem is this will all cost atleast £50-60m in transfer fees not to mention wages, so where the heck is the money going to come from? Perhaps we could get some free transfers set up, eg Willian (who can play on right or through the middle) Sturridge (who can play on the right side of an attacking 3 or up top), Huuntelaar (who is obviously a striker). Atleast with the freebies we only need to worry about their wages!
El Jefe
21/11/2012 15:19:00
tight arse levy won,t flash the cash in january and he,s blown the moultinho deal so why don,t we offer fulham a couple of million and throw in siggy and dempsey for berbatov
21/11/2012 19:24:00
whitehartmart. Berba wouldn't come back here. I bet that's why we didn't buy him back off maure, Why WOULD he want to come back to a team where seemingly most of the fans wanted him out and called him berbatos, a miserable git, sulky and worse. He'd be mad to come back here.
21/11/2012 22:56:00
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