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Nearly, but not quite...

Being frustrated at dropping two points against Manchester United must be considered a huge indication that Tottenham are getting ever closer to the established top four contenders.

Now perhaps that was already obvious, in our recent league finishes, however, there has always been that feeling that we have made it as much because of our own quality as with the failings or those around us. Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool were the masters of their own capitulations and that Tottenham had merely taken a once in a lifetime chance to steal a place. What perhaps still offers a question mark are convincing defeats against Chelsea and Arsenal this season as well as a tighter loss at Man City. It could well still be open for debate that until we at least match ourselves more successfully against all the established elite that we can't truly feel comfortable being placed alongside them.

Watching again yesterday it was still obvious that we lacked that elite striker and lock picker, however, everywhere else you feel we are as good or even better than those above and just below us. It is hard to argue that we are better on paper than the likes of Chelsea, City and United, but what we have had for some time is an excellent team ethic and unity that certainly the billions of Abramovich or Sheikh Mansour, have yet managed to purchase. Questions have to again be asked as to whether games like yesterday would have resulted in 3 points as opposed to a last gasp one, if we had our own RVP to score with a half chance or a Silva or Mata to create and cause an opposition nightmares.

Whether we can get these players in during this window remains to be seen, but at least you get the impression that the management and board are aware of the areas that need adding and are trying to address them, however whether all parties agree on which players are ideal in terms of value attainability and quality is another debate. Elsewhere, I was impressed yet again that our squad players seemed ready, willing and more than able to seamlessly step in and look equally comfortable in their roles. Though Aaron Lennon rightfully received the plaudits, Scott Parker was excellent I'n my opinion and ran him a close second. Caulker, Dempsey and Naughton, all players who are perhaps only currently seen as cover, all played their part and looked comfortable in their roles. Watching Lewis Holtby at the weekend, gave me great hope that he is a player of real vision and quality and one that I feel will fit in really well at WHL and is a great signing and one that fits well into out limited budget.

In a game that was always going to be tough, both in conditions and against a side that were rooting for revenge, I felt we were always at the very least, just as good, though again our lack of creativity and outstanding striker, caused us to struggle in the opposing third during the first half. For that we can also credit Fergie's tactics and the outstanding displays of Carrick and Jones in the middle and Ferdinand and Vidic at the back. Credit is also very much due to Andre Villas-Boas, for his own tactical awareness. Perhaps the team picked itself to a degree, though the illness of Vertonghen was unfortunate, he also saw the logic in bringing on the greater attacking threat at Left back of BAE, which added greater balance to the side. No criticism of Naughton here, but we look far better with BAE in is rightful position and I hope he is fit enough to play for the remainder of the season.

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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Monday January 21 2013
Time: 9:03AM

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Heading in the right direction. COYS!
Critical_Spur
21/01/2013 09:07:00
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Cannot possibly be frustrated with a point. I was impressed with our fight back. We deserved the point. Lennon excellent. Dempsey did really well, and stepped up in Ade's absence and Defoe's lack of influence. We still are far from the finished article. If we beat 2 out of Everton, Arsenal, Man City at home - then I would be impressed. Our main deficiency is up front - lack of options there. The only sub we could realistically make was Ekotto and Hudd. But we are still going in the right direction since the Jol era, and the others at the top are certainly weaker for one reason or another.
TonyRich
21/01/2013 09:27:00
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I could hardly believe Fergies comments after the game, the guys going senial. I think yesterday it was clear for Levy to see that a striker is priority. Also fair play to AVB not starting BAE and vertongen, brave decision.
coys1717
21/01/2013 09:27:00
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The urgency for a regular 20 goals a season striker has been glaringly evident for the past 3 seasons where we regular racked up 18+ shots per match dominated possession but regularly failed to kill off teams. Our shortcomings upfront is the only thing preventing us from breaking into the top 3. I'm beginning to wonder if Levy is brave enough to push the boat out that bit further and gamble on the striker we need. Burnt fingers Rebrov might be his issue?
strawboy
21/01/2013 09:28:00
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We are very hard to beat. A fantastic label to have. AVB is getting the very best out of the team and pushing players to better themselves ie Scott Parker driving forward ( even though he looks a little lost when he gets there lol), Lennon has been a revelation this season even with a few senseless individuals claiming otherwise, Caulker looked calm and collected and will 100% be the future of our back 4, Naughton is progressing well however he needs to be playing at RB, Dembele is making my mouth water and it wont be long till he dominates matches. For whats its worth I dont see this team losing a single match this season and im predicting 2 cup finals! If Mr Levy so happens to grant our last 3 Christmas wishes and buy a WC striker well endless possibilities from there on...COYS
Mix26
21/01/2013 09:30:00
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Btw fantastic never say die performance from us, so proud to be a spurs fan. We have indeed pretty much skipped through our transition in weeks rather than a whole season and AVB takes full credit for the fantastic way in which he has kept us competitive at the very top end of the league. Well done that man!!
strawboy
21/01/2013 09:32:00
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we certainly seem to have overcome a big mental block with united. I always felt that Harry held fergie and united in too much esteem and that rubbed off on the players too. Now we have a manager who is audacious enough to actually believe we can take them and that rubs off on the players too. As for the game, I have never seen united dominated as comprehensively as we did in the second half. i thought perhaps the teams had swapped shirts. lennon was fantastic, bale was completely taken out of the game by very effective tactics, but he should not be too criticised for that, if a team need three players to keep one of ours out of a game that frees up a lot of space elsewhere. shame we have a player like defoe who can't take advantage. Again Defoe was far and away our weakest link and so frustrating to watch. His greed is debilitating, when he goes wide or comes deeper to be involved in build up play, watch how often he slows play down, avoids obvious passes to players in dangerous positions like bale and dempsey only to play sideways or backwards so that HE can get into a goal scoring position. drives me up the wall. A striker needs to bring a whole lot to a team if he can only finish 1 in every 9 chances. Defoe brings nothing aside from his "hot" finishing.
Guernman
21/01/2013 09:34:00
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Strawboy- Rebrov, Postiga, Bent, thats close to 40 mill of complete crap, I think Levy is starting focus on getting the right player and not panic buying, he needs to give his scouts a boot up the Arse or start paying for the players we need. 3 years is way to long but i'd rather stick on 17 than twist to make 21 and risk going bust (ref: Blackjack)
coys1717
21/01/2013 09:34:00
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A good solid performance. It's just frustrating that we can all see with a little bit of extra quality up front we could have won. Interesting to hear AVB this morning saying we could be looking at a striker in this window. A bit of a change from the party line earlier this month so either we have something lined up or AVB is trying to put a bit of pressure on ENIC. I hope he gets his way.
SpuriousLife
21/01/2013 09:46:00
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we are seriously a couple of players away from making this into a great team, either now or the summer. At this point I would shell out the money for moutinho if only as a gesture of faith to AVB, but also because he is a world class player. who genuinely would make a difference.
wiltshirespur
21/01/2013 09:53:00
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People are always going on about a creative midfielder (lockpicker). I disagree, Dempsey SHOULD have had a brace, Defoe SHOULD have scored and on another day Bale would have had the luck and scored. Also Lennon (who was outstanding) SHOULD have laid Dempsey on in the first half, he chose to shot from 18 yards with his weaker left foot. Small decisions/chances that change games. A potent finisher is what we need, doesn't need to be a household world class name, it needs to be someone who WOULD have scored when Defoe was in and WOULD have scored when Dempsey wriggled through the middle. Composure in front of the goal is what is lacking from Defoe and to a degree Demspey. Defoe needs to be benched/replaced, the sooner the better. Bale was double teamed most of the time, which allowed Parker to break into the space, to which he did very well. Dembele just doesn't panic, only want to play football, none of this long ball stuff. I just wish AVB tells Dawson that he'll lose a weeks wages for every cross field punt that gives possession away.

AVB's celebration and almost snub of SAF was simply awesome

Last point, Frank said a while back "wait until we've played everyone and then see us in middle table". Humble pie time, although I know Frank will gladly take a piece.
yiddyboy
21/01/2013 10:03:00
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As well as the extra quality up front, we have to look at Dawson. I could argue that he was the difference between 1 point and 3 points yesterday. You simply can't keep getting dragged out of that centre half area year after year. RVP pulled him to our right wing area at one point in the game yesterday. It was a disgusting but of defending for the goal we conceded. He over committed and got pulled out of the danger area he is expected to protect. He then even had time to get back into position but went into the same area as Caulker thus leaving all the space at the far post. There is no way the ball would have even been crossed that way if he had taken up a proper position. He should have been getting back into an area to mark RVP and communicating to Walker to move over one and cover Evra at the far post. Instead he just stood there like a lemon. We can all see that Champions have a RVP when we have a Defoe. How can nobody see that they also have a Rio and Vidic when we have a Dawson?
muttley
21/01/2013 10:04:00
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A very good performance from Spurs yesterday, however one that highlighted the obvious problem. Imagine if we had RVP instead of Defoe, we would have been 3 or 4 up. Lennon was outstanding. Very very concerned to hear that Levy ahs reneged on his agreement with AVB regarding transfer targets. If this turns out to be true I think something has to eb done by the fans. Be it protests or whatever. AVB is doing wonders for us, and it seems that no matter the results the board will simply not support the manager. I think the fact that AVB has basically said we need a few players in (yesterdays interview) is a bit of a retaliation shot towards levy. Hope its not true but it explains a lot. Linked with Diame today, it has to be a wind up.
hudderspur
21/01/2013 10:05:00
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One of the best TEAM displays I've seen in a while and if we can produce that each week I'm more than happy. Not sure about a striker more concerned that each week the first thing the opposing coaches do is to say ok how do we negate Bale. Seriously wonder if it wouldnt be worth a try bringing him on later against tired defenses possibly in concert with Defoe? I know if I were a CB I wouldn't be happy about seeing them come on later in the match and I"m sorry if its sacrilege but I really don,t like seeing him takling every set piece either. For those who haven't seen it an utterly appropriate and timely piece re Lennnon at http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2013/01/21/3688384/underrated-lennon-shuns-limelight-but-is-guiding-tottenham.....Happy days and a real nail biter of a season....loving it !
Underspur
21/01/2013 10:10:00
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ps does anyone else think the poll looks a little like a protest vote against certain comments made about Lennon recently? :-]
Underspur
21/01/2013 10:15:00
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Underspur - thing is whilst they spend their time trying to negate Bale, Lennon is getting the freedom. If we bench Bale, then the opposing managers will shift their focus to Lennon and we will be totally negated in the wide areas. What we really need is a fit Ekotto working in tandem with Bale again. Agree about the free-kicks and Defoe comments though. Defoe from the bench would be awesome if we bought the right striker.
muttley
21/01/2013 10:17:00
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I badmouthed AVB a bit early in the season. I was wrong, and I'm glad I was. We look like a real team now and, even better, we can see exactly what we need to do to improve. Still a bit disappointed that we didn't convert our dominance into a win, but United are the best at riding their luck.
Shannon
21/01/2013 10:27:00
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Hudderspur..funny thing you say that re-fan protests..I was just thinking this morning that should we not sign a striker this window Levy and Enic should be put under considerable pressure by the fans as no one else seems to be able to it..Just so upset at seeing a quality team like this not been able to push on and reach its full and true potential..The Remy to QPR deal said all i needed to know about who's at fault!!
SA's No1 Fan
21/01/2013 10:36:00
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Utd splash 24m on van persie with a year left on his contract and will probably win them the league this season. I respect all that levy has done but he has to break the clubs transfer record and bring in a world class striker this jan. If we had Persie this season we'd be challenging utd for the league.
01tottenham
21/01/2013 10:38:00
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Anyone watch the QPR game? I heard that after scorign the goal, Remy was dreadful. Any truth in that?
micyid
21/01/2013 10:42:00
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Great game, great result, all credit to the players an AVB. however we could an should have won this game. We had 14 shots, 8 on target, they had 4 shots, 2 on target and we both score 1 goal. Is it not now even more obvious that we have a dire need for a prolific goal scorer. Not necessarily a £ 20M marquee signing, just a goal scorer. We have in the last couple of seasons already missed Ba, Fletcher, Sturrige, Suarez, and even up and coming players like Long, Rhodes, Murrey, etc.etc. I know we couldn't afford RVP, but what would have been the result had he been playing for us, and Defoe for them. Whether Adebayor is here or not, we are woefully short up front, him and Defoe are just not prolific enough. I am sure with a decent lock picker MFer and a striker, we wouldn't be striving for 4th, we would be striving for 2nd, 3rd. It is the only are of the team where we don't match up to teams above us. It is just so frustrating.
Frank
21/01/2013 10:54:00
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OX, you said "but at least you get the impression that the management and board are aware of the areas that need adding and are trying to address them"

Sorry, but I haven't got the same impression ......YET! We've had the same HOPE and NOT impression for howmany years?. OK, I'd give Levy the benefit of doubt and suggest that he's nor having to re-adjust and re-assess the recruitment/disposals situation. But the fact that Levy's offer for Hotby has been turned down, suggests that Levy is still Levy! It would be an absolute travesty to not get a striker in this window. Apart from that, I feel we can get by without any other additions for this season and qualify for CL.

Those that mentioned Bale being marked by 2/3 players. Yes, I agree and what we don't realise how (as a consequence) whilst Bale is marked out of the game, eveyone has the freedom to do more. Very good indirect benefit to the team. Just think if we had a striker that needed to be marked by 2/3 players as well, it would not half open up the opposition, with almost 5/6 players focusing on 2 of ours! COYS!
Critical_Spur
21/01/2013 10:55:00
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Although I agree with most that we could do with another striker, I think people are getting a little overcritical of our attacking performance yesterday. Had it not been for some outstanding saves from De Gea yesterday, we'd have easily come away with all three points.
ParkLane67
21/01/2013 10:57:00
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nor = now under AVB.
Critical_Spur
21/01/2013 10:57:00
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This is not a hindsight post, but watching yesterday and with 5mins + fergie (dempsey goal) time; HAHAHA, to go, get caulker forward and just hump it to him, very much against how i like football to be played, but something different had to happen, in the end BAE crossed Caulker put in a clean challenge De Gea palmed it down to Lennon (who had an outstanding game) squared the ball for Dempsey, GOAL and at that point the snow came off the roof, i screamed and screamed going mental, god knows what the neighbours thought was happening, last time i did that they phoned me to see if i was alright, yeah all ok SPURS just scored; We deserved that for a blood and guts effort, everyone played a part, will we sign a striker, i don't know, maybe the game is changing so much, that guy Younes Belhanda is a top player and the more attacking midfielders we have the better, looking forward to having a look at him in te ACON. I still get the feeling AVB is holding out for MOUTINHO, Lewis Holtby will be a great addition to the options we can play, he as great vision and opens up teams watched him on friday, he was 3 moves ahead of everyone else, our style of play will bring the best out of him. AVB was right in his team selection, brave move to leave out Verts and BAE is not quite fully tuned up yet, next weekend he should have a chance to play from the start, move Naughton over to the right again, on his natural side vs Leeds. Just one wish if we are to buy a striker, let it be LEANDRO. Still amazed how we played football in driving snow, it's had enough walking in it, let alone playing fast attacking football, 4PTS FROM 6 vs Man U good result, in my book.
spu 4 life
21/01/2013 10:59:00
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Yeah but Remy did score first. Defoe was just awful and did not look like scoring.
nothappyharry
21/01/2013 11:00:00
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Agree we need the midfield creator and a top striker to be finally the real deal. But as I sat there freezing yesterday I felt in the first half we just di not BELIEVE! In the second half we fought our way into the game with Dembele's power and Lennon in the form of his life. The belief came and we were rewarded. Now the two final pieces in the jigsaw and we are genuine contenders
michael.thfc
21/01/2013 11:02:00
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Great post Frank. Pretty much the only consistent thing vital spurs posters agree on (and have done for over 2 years now) is that we really need a World Class Striker to make that 'significant' step up. I am not anti Levy and appreciate the way he runs our Club, however, can we really disagree with Frank's view. The proof is there for us all to see, profits in the last few transfer windows and that Striker missing. Assuming they felt Ade was the one, but quite clearly we need another. As someone said, this squad & team, set up by this manager - just with an RVP or Falcao would be immense. A hopeful rather than expectant final week of transfer window for me. Great draw yesterday for players esteem. Next few games are critical - COYS.
Windlespur
21/01/2013 11:03:00
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if we sign the two players we need we could keep this team together, if we do not, and levy continues with his car boot sale attitude, we will miss the opportunity and imp Levy and Lewis should be frog marched out of N17 and never allowed to return. this is so glaringly obvious that to ignore it is nothing short of deriliction of duty and in the army of yesteryear that earns you a bullet in the head
Cape Town Spurs
21/01/2013 11:06:00
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Frank, great result? No way as you say we could and should have won the game, a draw at home is never a great result. Apart from that agree 100% and so will everybody else on here now doubt. Why not give Huntelaar the chance to prove he is better than RVP in the same league, he appears to claim such now and again...
tophobunty
21/01/2013 11:08:00
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Midfield creator, a top striker and if AVB has no faith in Townsend, then a pacy winger with the ability to push both Lennon and Bale.
Guyver
21/01/2013 11:09:00
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RVP goal yesterday was not the fault of Dawson, watch it again and look at Walker, his ball watching when the pass goes to cleverley, he has two players behind him, he was not aware and got caught out, his eyes should have been on them and following the cross put it out for a corner, RVP would have got no chance to score. http://www.soccer-blogger.com/2013/01/20/tottenham-vs-manchester-united-1-1-highlights-2013-van-persie-dempsey-goals-video/comment-page-1/
spu 4 life
21/01/2013 11:10:00
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More controverselly I totally agree with Gary Neville, during his summing up. We need to develop a killer, must win instinct, and take every opportunity offered to us. The incident where Dempsey burst through to get 1 on 1 with De Gea, which incidently resulted in nothing, because he saved the shot, Evra stuck a leg right across Dempsey and made contact, he should have gone down like a shot, penalty, and Evra off for denying a goal scoring opportunity, we probably score from the penalty, and play 10 men for the rest of the game, greatly improving our chance of winning. We need to get ruthless, adopt the same "win at all cost" mentality as other top teams do. It's a footballers job to try everything to win football matches, referees jobs to make decisions, it's a professional game, not a "lets have a kick about, then let's all shake hands, and go for a pint, friendly affair", to win consistently is about being a nasty ba$tard as well as a skillful player.
Frank
21/01/2013 11:11:00
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Southampton could do us a massive plus tonight, getting all 3pts vs Everton
spu 4 life
21/01/2013 11:17:00
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Dawson was in a good position to deal with Welbeck who made a run through the middle, Walker "had" Van Persie, who isnt exactly Drogba in the air. Evra made a late run from the left, but we were stretched and he was the least dangerous player in the least dangerous position, so it was ok in that situation for Evra to be unmarked. All Walker had to do was keep RVP in front of him, rather than turn his back and allow the striker the peel off and head home unchallenged.
Guyver
21/01/2013 11:18:00
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spu 4 life - RVP goal was the fault of Naughton being out of position, hence Cleverley having the time to pick out RVP at the back post. Walker was caught in no-mans land but had the cross not come in due to better positioning and marking by Naughton then this would be a non discussion. We can always pick fault at all goals, the end of the day 95% of ALL goals come from a mistake by someone, the other 5% are individual brilliance. What annoys me most is the striker ratio, Utd had 2 on target a score 1. As I mentioned earlier, we need someone with composure in front of goal. Dempsey's 1 on 1 would have been converted by VDV
yiddyboy
21/01/2013 11:19:00
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spu 4 life - I'm not saying that Walker wasn't culpable, but Dawson is to blame when you study the whole move. Could you not see him commit and get caught way out of position upfield? He then runs back and instead of getting back into the right position, he just ball watches. In previous seasons either Gallas, Woodgate or King would have ordered him to get over and at that point and I don't think you would have seen the cross played so easily. Defending is subtle and Dawson just hasn't got the ability in his head. He just constantly gets dragged out of his position and has no positional sense. He's 28 nowadays and the senior pro. He's now the one that should be getting into position, moving Walker on and taking responsibility but is still doing the same things he did 5 years ago. It's simply horrible to watch year after year especially when you see a 21 year old like Caulker do things so naturally when put under that pressure to make a decision. I don't like knocking AVB, but a pairing of Caulker and Vertonghen should have been the way to go yesterday. We needed brains out there when you play against intelligent footballers.
muttley
21/01/2013 11:19:00
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So proud of the team! Great to see Benoit coming on and giving us some width on the left. Lennon was awesome!
spurswede
21/01/2013 11:20:00
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I think these last few posts say it all. We've all found the right reasons why Naughton, Walker and Dawson were all culpable. How can a top 4 side have 3 of their back line making schoolboy errors in one move? That's what AVB needs to address.
muttley
21/01/2013 11:22:00
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To those that say, "but for De Gea we would have won", I would say that is what GKers are paid for, just as strikers are paid to score. Given the dimensions of a goal i.e. 8yds x 8ft, sod this metric bollox, the odds should always be on the striker, it must be harder to hit the GKer, than it is to get it past him, or you would think and hope so. Yesterday suffice to say the GKer did his job, our strikers failed to do theirs. Incidently, but for De Gea we would have lost, it was his failure to deal with BAE's cross that caused our goal.
Frank
21/01/2013 11:22:00
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Frank, while neville may have had a point, i think one can argue just as convincingly that a. we would have missed the penalty - dempsey missed his last, defoe is a terrible penalty taker and b. we benefitted from an open game against united, if down to ten men they would have shut up shop which would not have suited us. I think the fact that dempsey didn't go down when perhaps he should have is a sign of his killer instinct in any case, de gea pulled off a great save but dempsey would fancy his chance to finish from there and if you play that scenario out ten times i am sure he would score more out of ten then any penalty taker of ours right now
Guernman
21/01/2013 11:22:00
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Frank, if the game was in real life played in slow motion, then I'd agree with you that Dempsey could've gone down for a penalty. That was one of our best moves with very fast passing and penetration and it would've been impossible (in that millisecond) for Dempsey to think anything but to keep going. Had that gone in, it would've been an amazing goal that would've shown how we carved open utd. But I am sure you know as well as most others that our priority is the other obvious area!. COYS!
Critical_Spur
21/01/2013 11:26:00
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Muttley. I am not sure why you are blaming one or two players. If I am going to play the blame game then: Caulker fouled Rooney in the box, and nearly lost us a shout of a point. Defoe was late in pulling the trigger for his best chance of the game. Parker got booked too early. Dempsey missed a great chance before he did score. Some of these players played well. One mistake does not make a poor game. Generally Walker, Naughton and especially Dawson played decently. At the point of RVP's goal, Spurs were not into gear yet - so the whole team is responsible for that. I am not saying ignore individual mistakes, but we should not focus on one alone. Yes, Walker's defensive solidity has been brought into question this season - but for RVP's goal you could equally blame the midfield for not seeing the danger earlier. It is a team game.
TonyRich
21/01/2013 11:29:00
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Our most valuable asset right now is not Bale, although he surely is close. It's AVB. If Levy and ENIC botch their relation with AVB and he leaves at some point out of frustration with them, shame on them. But what is right about the play of our team these days is down the the managment skills of AVB. Remember how recently many were slagging the man off and saying what a mistake it was to bring him in? Well, it looks now that he was the right man to bring in and he's got us headed in a positive direction. Hats off to AVB for setting us on the right course. Kudos.
Total knobhead
21/01/2013 11:31:00
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Wow we left two points behind against United while we were playing our back up CBs and stand in LB our player of the season (Sandro for all you Defoe-o-philes) out injured and his replacement playing his first competitive game. And we have peopel whinging that Dawson and Caulker aren't as good as Ferdinand and Vidic!
Slurms McKenzie
21/01/2013 11:45:00
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Muttley, Vertonghen was taken Ill just before KO. That’s why he didn’t play apparently. Quick question, can anyone remember a save that Lloris had to make? The defence did fine yesterday, it was just one of those collective mistakes. It happens in football. As the stats show we created plenty of chances. The simple fact is we didn’t take the chances. It’s all irrelevant isn’t it, we all know we aren’t gonna buy a striker, and if for some miracle we do it will be another quick fix cheap as chips solution. Like I posted earlier, I think it’s about time the fans made their thoughts on the matter known as he clearly doesn’t care what AVB thinks.
hudderspur
21/01/2013 11:46:00
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The defensive job done on Bale yesterday highlighted the threat that he and Lennon combined pose! No coincidence that Lennon had his best game of a very good season while United focused all their attention on Bale! Even without the ball or even without moving Bale was creating space by drawing in two united defenders! If only we had a striker that could convert some of those wonderful changes we create!. Our need for a "lockpick" type midfielder is not really that pressing when you look at our chance creation (Not aimless punts from 30 yards) but our defiency in the frontline is painful now!
Slurms McKenzie
21/01/2013 11:50:00
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Morning Lads. Great not to be defeated by United this season. Surely an improvement from all past seasons. After yelling like a madman after Dempsey´s goal, I caught mysel reflecting on some Spurs things. We all here agree that we are srt of 2 players short of being a lethal side: a playmaker and a striker. I don´t think we have to go for 2 expensive players to achieve that status. Holtby is probably 1,5 million pounds worth trying. If not, why would we buy another playmaker for more than 15 million (William) just to get another one in the summer ?? I positive Holtby is worth a gamble, which would leave us with more "spending power" for the striker position. Swansea has already shown one does no need to buy a star to have a prolific forward. Anyway, it cannot be an impossible task for Levy to sort this matter out. I´m positive any money from CL Group Phase would cover these investments.
AlexSpur
21/01/2013 11:52:00
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Hudderspur, yes, He made a fantastic save from RVP, not knowing that he had been given off side, SHows he was alert and I DID panic when that cross went in!
Critical_Spur
21/01/2013 11:54:00
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Hudderspur Lloris keptour a Wellbeck half change at his right post when he did a litel "starjump" to clear with his leg. But I think thats about it! Defoe always seems to hit his shots to quickly and then generally skies them. When he was put clean through yesterday he decides to fanny about on the ball and take a couple of touches WTF is that about?
Slurms McKenzie
21/01/2013 11:55:00
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I believe Schalke have refused to let Holtby leave in this window. That does not take away form Alexspurs point we will not sign another player to fill this role for six months if Holtby is arriving in the summer and is earmarked to play there. So a single striker is all we should be signing this window. Considering Holtby seems to be the new Moutinho that we seem to indicate that at least 25 million is available to spend. At this stage a proper striker should be enough to see us home in the top four and to push on next season!
Slurms McKenzie
21/01/2013 12:00:00
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Need a striker, need a striker, need a striker! Swap RVP and Defoe yesterday and we would have won 3-0! Parker was excellent for Sandro but did we expect any different? Hope all the people who were calling for us to panic buy a CDM will shut up now. Parker is only 32 and can easily remain competitive until the end of his contract.
Kes80
21/01/2013 12:11:00
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AlexSpur - isn't Willian usually played on the wings? As such I'd think he's not a bad buy because we lack good cover for Bale and Lennon. Depends on what money is available though. Striker must be no.1 priority.
Kes80
21/01/2013 12:14:00
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Slurms, maybe Holtby is actually coming to Spurs this january: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/426150/20130121/tottenham-schalke-lewis-holtby-transfer-sandro.htm
AlexSpur
21/01/2013 12:16:00
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Kes80, as fas as I remember William can play as a winger and as an attacking midfielder and that´s why he is really worth bringing in. However, my point is since we desperately need a striker and we already have secured a playmaker (Holtby, who was class last friday for Schalke), I´d would bring Holtby now for the 1,5 million or so (midia info) and get focused on a striker, even if he could cost 15 million.
AlexSpur
21/01/2013 12:21:00
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Good post Michael, I felt the exact same yesterday. I think we need more than just a striker, we need options on the bench, yesterday we have no1 to look 2 if the game needed changing, a wide player, a creative midfielder and a striker to me are priorities if we really want to challenge, we sold 2 many players in the summer and not replaced them.
Ossie
21/01/2013 12:22:00
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Dawson = Liability. Ok so Man U scored only 1 goal from his mistake, but what Muttley is saying is totally correct. He is so easily pulled out of position and these mistakes are of a concern. It is a worrying trend that needs to be addressed.
thenuge
21/01/2013 12:30:00
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Tony excellent point about the blame game.
Ossie
21/01/2013 12:38:00
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I agree that we need a top class, can make his own goals, striker but much less convinced about a lock picker. In any three of Dembele, Sandro, Parker and Dempsey we have a very powerful central core with Holby to come. I'd also like to see if Walker could cover Lennon with Naughton behind him.
Love totty
21/01/2013 12:38:00
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Yes the nudge and in a fully fit squad Kaboul and Vertonghen would be ahead of him whats your point?
Slurms McKenzie
21/01/2013 12:39:00
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AlexSpur I love to stand corrected but if Holtby does arrive it doesn't change my point we need a striker and only a striker, 1.5 million to bolster an impressive midfield is good business but doesn't really impact on a striker trasnfer budget.
Slurms McKenzie
21/01/2013 12:42:00
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Who's frustrated? That was delicious. Can you imagine the stink fergie would have kicked up if Spurs had been 1-0 up and there were only three minutes of stoppage time! And then we bang one in with the last kick of the game. I reckon fans of clubs up and down the country were warmed by Dempsey's late equaliser.
edmontonspurs
21/01/2013 12:44:00
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We are almost there but we must must must sign a quality striker who can play on his own and do some damage, it's the only major missing ingredient! I also would like to see a bit more invention from midfield that would release Bale a bit more often and also play the killer ball against a packed defence such as QPR etc. which we are going to face in every home game. I would have liked to have seen BAE play from the start yesterday as he gives us another dimension and I wouldn't mind seeing Naughton play on the right for a game or two. Walker was asleep again for the Utd goal and his runs forward are very predictable and not delivering the danger of old. Surely with his pace he should go gor the line and get crosses in to test a keeper dodgy on crosses. All in all we are getting there but DL needs to put his hand in his pocket during the next 10 days!
Aribak
21/01/2013 12:48:00
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Can I just say I thought the performance of the lads yesterday was absolutely top class. Personally I think we deserved all 3 points and given the chances we created maybe should have took all 3. I think the fact that we did create those chances and failed to convert them underlines our need for a top CF. Apart from that I really couldnt be happier with the way the team played yesterday. Fergie had his usual moan the red-nosed to$$er.
TornadoYid
21/01/2013 12:48:00
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According to one of the "red tops" this morning, they are saying that AVB rejects the idea of the need to sign a striker. He is supposed to have said, that because we coped without Adebayor earlier in the season, that we can continue to cope with his absence, and are adequately covered with what we have. Surely this cannot be true, it is obvious, patently obvious, that we need a prolific striker, and ideally a "lock picker" to unlock teams that park the bus. Incidently, before we are overly critical of our defence, let's remember that we restricted Man Utd, with their forward options to 1 goal, and that should and would have been a consolation goal, if we had converted even a fraction of our 3 times as many shots on target. It is also a tribute to us, that they were more interested in coming to avoid losing, than trying to dominate us as they have invariably done in the past.
Frank
21/01/2013 12:48:00
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get Holtby in for 1.5 m...


spend less than 15million on NEGREDO....

a player like Diame or M'Vila would be valuable to us as cover only for Dembele..

why we missed out on Sneijder i do not know.. could have done a job for us...
Yidmarks
21/01/2013 12:51:00
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TonyRich - I maybe didn't articulate myself well but the point I was making is that if either 1 or 2 or 3 out of Dawson, Walker and Naughton had done their job right, it probably wouldn't have been a goal. It was a combo of Naughton once again letting a cross come in to easily, Walker not doing some basic things defensively and Dawson being all over the place that cost us that goal. It's not as if we haven't seen all 3 symptoms from them this season already. It's subtle but the accumulation of errors led to the goal.
muttley
21/01/2013 12:51:00
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Given away a goal out of nothing in the first minutes of a game against MU because some of our defenders can't read the game and take proper position and stay also always concentrated, it makes things more difficult. Without that fact and if our strikers had a better ability to score, normally we should have won the game. Also having at least a player who can shoot efficiently from just outside the box, it would boost our chances to win a game. Juventus had the ability to buy such a player (Pogba, 19) this season for only 600k!! I hope Levy will use his (financial) brains and ambition, if any, and he will buy a striker who can use his brains and will bring in Holtby during the current transfer window. Otherwise we would risk again our participation to the CL.
Ioan X
21/01/2013 13:00:00
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I think that we need another top quality striker to supplement not replace JD or Adebayor, who are both provan PL strikers on their day. There's the rub, form can be illusive for even the best; look at Torres or remember Forlan at MU. Michu is just as likely to go off the boil or Leandro fail to settle like Rebrov. The Drogbas and Van Nistleroys are not easy to find before their value rockets.
Love totty
21/01/2013 13:07:00
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Giving away ...
Ioan X
21/01/2013 13:07:00
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AlexSpur - totally agree that striker needs to come first but if we can sign a striker and there's money left then Willian would be next as I think he has a place in the team and would not be clashing with Holtby for position. Not sure what all this means for Sigursson of course.
Kes80
21/01/2013 13:23:00
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Lock picker? Modric-type player?? 18 shots on goal against Man Yoo, 3 one-on-one chances. We need a striker. Dembele is doing a good job carving oppositions open with his runs and lay-offs, Lennon is taunting and teasing left backs and his crossing and passing is sublime. Don't get this whole "we haven't replaced Ratface" or, the quite unforgiveable, "I would have Ratface back in an instant" comments on every forum. Don't think we've struggled at all in that department. It's putting them away that is causing an issue.
Crísandro
21/01/2013 13:28:00
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Yidmarks: Wesley earns a healthy 160k a week so no he couldn't do a job for us.
tottingham10
21/01/2013 13:50:00
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I was one that didn't want AVB, thought he was far too big a risk but he's done well, not brilliantly like some would have you believe...but done well. Now he's asking for a striker publicly do you think Levy will listen? He needs to OR is it a case of we can have some players OR a new stadium but we can't have both???
shedboy2
21/01/2013 13:50:00
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Agree ***** modric, dembele is the boy!
tottingham10
21/01/2013 13:53:00
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