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Now see Jake prove you wrong!

Clearly any loss of a key player is huge, but the positives are that Spurs have not one, but two excellent players to step in for Sandro!

Though at this time it is unclear how long we will be without Sandro. His loss won't effect the teams form in the way we struggled without Mousa Dembele. That isn't to discount the outstanding and consistent performances of our Beast from Brazil, but even now, we still don't have a replacement for Mousa, though in Scott Parker and Jake Livermore, we have two defensively minded midfielders, who are capable of stepping in to perform as a level that will make Sandro's absence minimal.

Last season, I would suggest that Parker was easily our player of the season and only a late drop in form due to fatigue and injury, has to an extent diminished his status with some, but once he regains his full match fitness, I have every confidence that he will once again prove his outstanding playing quality, whilst also adding leadership and experience to the team as a whole and it won't be long before we are debating which of Parker or Sandro is the better player in our starting XI.

As for Jake, it was assumed that he would be shipped off on loan to perhaps either QPR or Fulham, however Sandro's absence will probably put paid to any time away and as long as he gets game time, I will be delighted. I am a huge fan of Jake, who is not only a very good midfield enforcer, but I also feel he has a very good and strong character and that is something to value in any side, whatever level of the game you play. He may well be the rotation or cover for Parker, but as we have seen before, he is more than capable of taking on the role and shining, with last seasons outstanding display against Everton as a perfect example.

I have been hugely disappointed at so many fans criticising Jake for his performances and ability this season and can only assume they are blind, fickle or a little ignorant to the game. Jake was equally affective or ineffective as his playing partner, Sandro, in the opening games of the season, and for me it was more about the pairing lacking the creative spark and being too similar in playing style. That was the problem and nothing to do with a lack of ability from Jake or Sandro for that matter. Since then, his own injury and the form of Sandro and return of Parker have given Jake few chances to show his worth and usually his only appearances are as late substitutions, that are more about putting his body between ball and goal, than showing us his all-round game.

Several fans are looking for Spurs to spend a chunk of their money of bringing in cover for Sandro, but for me, we have two excellent players already and if we are to spend anything on our midfield, we still need only concentrate on bringing that creative spark, which has been one of the few areas lacking in the Tottenham squad. Parker will be an excellent direct replacement for the Brazilian, however I have great faith that Jake Livermore will also shine and remind us of his own quality, if and when he gets his chance. I for one would love to see him start against Leeds, a club where he has an unhappy loan and was to an extent ridiculed as a poor player. What better opportunity to see Jake perform to his best and ram ill informed taunts down a rivals throats, whilst also reminding his own fans of his quality...

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Date:Thursday January 17 2013

Time: 10:00AM


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