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Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup

Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup

Leeds and Tottenham as a fixture goes back to October 1924. We first met them in the FA Cup in 1954 when we drew 3-3 and got them back to Lane for a rematch and won 1-0. Over all our record with Leeds is pretty well even Games won 36 Games drawn 30 Games Lost 31.Cup history between the two clubs 1953/54 Leeds 3-3 Spurs 1953/54 Spurs 1-0 Leeds 1971/72 Leeds 2-1 Spurs 1981/82 Spurs 1-0 Leeds 1998/99 Leeds 1-1 Spurs 1998/99 Spurs 2-0 Leeds 2009/10 Spurs 2-2 Leeds 2009/10 Leeds 1-3 Spurs. In the last two most recent meetings Leeds have run us close in 1999 when we drew at Eland Road 1-1 and then beat them 2-0 at the Lane and again in 2010 when they gave us a hard time at Spurs and drew 2-2 only for us to go back to Eland road and eventually beat them 1-3.

The 2003-04 season saw Leeds United relegated from the Premier League after 14 years in the top flight, in the aftermath of the club's financial crisis. This came three years after reaching the Champions League semi-finals and they are still struggling to get the squad they need to get back to the top flight. Leeds currently sit in 11th place in the Championship. Their Average Goal tally is 1.39 per game and their home average is 1.43 and away 1.36. Luciano Becchio has scored 19 goals in 31 appearances this season. However, Becchio, who is their leading goal scorer, handed in a transfer request on Thursday after Leeds could not offer him the deal he was looking for to remain at the club and former loan player Alan Tate says he left Elland Road for what he described as 'the financial situation` at Leeds. Becchio for Spurs anyone?

It looks like this is the year for the Underdog and not many people will begrudge Bradford their day in the sun at Wembley against Swansea. But do Spurs need a good run in the cup? Let's face it the Trophy Cabinet is looking a bit bare nowadays with only a 2008 League Cup Victory to remember. We will not know what to expect from their contracted in player El Hadji Diouf who has played at more clubs than I have had hot dinners and depending on which Diouf turns up, on his day, he can be a handful. What we can confidently predict is a full house in their 37,900 all seater stadium! Their squad have some good players with big hearts and we can expect them to chase us down and chase our ball players.

They will probably try and crowd out Dembele and double up on Bale and Lennon. With the likes of Neil Kilkenny, Liam Fontaine, Ross McCormack and Ross Barkley they will not give us much time on the ball. Neil Warnock is no mug when it comes to setting his teams up either and we can probably expect him to take a leaf out of 'you know who' at QPR and crowd the midfield and close down the wings. So how will we set ourselves up against Leeds United? and what do you reckon the score will be? I think we'll win it and we could certainly do without a replay as that always causes a selection headache especially with two tricky away PL fixtures coming up against the Canaries and the Baggies.

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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Friday January 25 2013
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Comments

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Expect them to park the bus and hit us on the break. It'll probably be 0-0 or won by a single scrappy or fluke goal - hopefully by us.
SpuriousLife
25/01/2013 16:43:00
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I do wonder if this is the game where we leave Defoe and Walker out.....they deserve that. And give Dempsey the main striker responsibility, put Naughton on RB and Let Beeny gain more match fitness. Also, Benny and Bale can start rebuilding their relationaship!!!
Critical_Spur
25/01/2013 16:55:00
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Must win to avoid replay and extra work for our lonely striker. Agree to rest Walker and Defoe. Play Dempsey and Obika.
Wilts Spurs
25/01/2013 17:00:00
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So probably looks like Defoe with Lennon and bale out wide, Coutinho, Dembele and Diame in midfield with BAE, Caulker, Dawson and Noughton with Friedel in goal.
Slurms McKenzie
25/01/2013 17:02:00
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Had all week to sort transfers with AVB. Now AVB must focus on beating Leeds and the away game with Norwich that we must win to keep on track in the league. Hope Levy has his list of players and sticks to it so in a weeks time we are buying new no.10 shirts with a decent name to go on the back.
Wilts Spurs
25/01/2013 17:03:00
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Only Joking AVB will probably want to give Diame and Coutinho a week or so to settle in!!!!!!
Slurms McKenzie
25/01/2013 17:06:00
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I think that we should rest Lennon, Defoe and Walker. Give Townsend, Siggy and Depsey a game. Play Dempsey up-front with Siggy behind him.
Fanman
25/01/2013 17:06:00
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Fanman, that would be my preferred inclusions. With Defoe, he may score a hatrick against Leeds and it goes to his head and back to earth thereafter. SO I'd much rather see what alternative options we have up front. IMO, Dempsey deserves a start with responsibility. I would prefer to see 2 up front. Perhaps Bale as 2nd striker?!
Critical_Spur
25/01/2013 17:11:00
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must rest Defoe and Walker. They can't keep playing every game. Defoe on bench to practice his impact sub role. Also est Bale and give Townsend a run
Big Ron
25/01/2013 17:17:00
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It's stating the obvious that it won't be easy. It's going to be graft, graft and then more graft. As for the team, Friedl is a no-brainer in goal. Walker needs a rest, so give the other Kyle a game at right back, with BAE coming in on the left. Caulker and Dawson for me at the back. Parker must start in midfield and I would give the HUdd a run out as well. Bale and Lennon on the wings for me, with Siggy behind Dempsey. The bench would therefore have Defoe, LLoris (or even Gomes???!), Walker, Vertonghen, Livermore, Townsend and Carroll on it. That's assuming we're allowed 7 subs. You could take away Livermore and put one of our young forwards - like Mason, or Obika, or even Coulthirst.
scoops50
25/01/2013 17:17:00
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Bale as a second striker is definately worth a go in my books. He's been completely figured out on the left. So playing him through the middle as a 2nd striker might give us something completely new. This game can certainly be used to experiment with our formation. I definately agree that Dempsey deserves a start. I would start him against Norwich too. Defoe is just missing too many chances at the moment. Dempsey is a more intelligent player. Bale behind Dempsey is a good idea. Lots of pace and creativity. also opens up a space for Townsend or Siggy on the left.
Fanman
25/01/2013 17:22:00
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Critical_Spur, my last post was a reply to you by the way.
Fanman
25/01/2013 17:23:00
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Agree with critical - time to drop (not rest) Walker & Defoe. Naughton looked far better on right v Coventry & Benny on left. Siggurdson MUST play in this one - get his spurs career moving and game time.
Windlespur
25/01/2013 17:30:00
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I have a feeling that AVB will start Hudd and Livermore in CM? I don't think that he'll start Parker. He needs to be wrapped up in cotton wool for the rest of the season IMO. The europa league will start again soon, so we definately need someone who can come in for Dembele and Parker. We somehow need to keep Bale, Lennon, Dembele and Parker fresh for the league. I think we'll see Hudd and Livermore get some more game time very soon, hopefully Townsend too.
Fanman
25/01/2013 17:30:00
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Windlespur, agreed.
Fanman
25/01/2013 17:32:00
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I wonder what selection policy AVB will look to for this game, with Norwich next Wednesday? will we see a couple of players rested to keep things fresh, but also give a few a chance to get playing time. For example should BAE start, Should we rest Walker and play Naughton at RB, Should we give Vert another few days break. Similarly could this be a game to rest Lennon and dembele, similarly Defoe? If for example we went with Friedel, Naughton, Dawson (Gallas), Caulker, BAE, Townsend, Parker, Hudd (Livermore), Bale, Siggy and Dempsey, it is a very strong side and you would hope it is good enough to beat Leeds, but also keep a few fresh for Norwich. I do wonder though if the likes of Lennon, Livermore and Townsend would love to get stuck into leeds. All have played there and even in Walker and Naughton as Sheffield boys, I imagine they will all be right up for this one
oxfordspur
25/01/2013 17:33:00
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Does anyone else remember an away match at Chelsea when we played Lennon down the middle. He was fantastic first half - maybe an option with his pace. For me, Bale's biggest strength is running from deep and using his strength and pace, not laying off, holding up etc.
Windlespur
25/01/2013 17:33:00
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Cheers Fanman.

This game HAS to be used to find an alternative striker from within the squad. With Gooners having a field day with goals, I fear the goal difference would become vital come the end of the season. Any last minute Levy deals would mean a settling in eriod for the newbie. So with two winnable leage game coming up, we need to find that spark up front desperately. How many games is it now since Defoe found the net?.......Over to you Levy/AVB.
Critical_Spur
25/01/2013 17:36:00
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Gomez, Noughton, Dawson, Caulker, BAE, Townsend, Livermore, Hudd, Lennon, Siggy and Dempsey. Dembele needs the rest as does Bale, bench time for Walker and Defoe, lets see what Siggy is like in the more central role and give Dempsey a chance up top (as he looks like our attacking cover for the next couple of weeks). Townsend needs the game time. Put Gomez in the shop window or a chance to redeem himself. Noughton has earn the chance at right back!
Slurms McKenzie
25/01/2013 17:37:00
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we can't expect to beat these guys until we get a bigger stadium...;)
shedboy2
25/01/2013 17:39:00
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Ox I'd rest Bale and let Lennon continue his fine form following on from United game. With townsend on the other wing and dempsey as teh target with siggy behind we'ed have plenty of pace and ariel threat.
Slurms McKenzie
25/01/2013 17:40:00
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Based on a lot of previous comments Shedboy I'd have to agree!
Slurms McKenzie
25/01/2013 17:41:00
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Windlespur, I agree with what you say about Bale, but I think that he is good enough to play anywhere in attack; except maybe as a target man. Critical_Spur, agreed. Defoe hasn't scored since Aston Villa, we definately need something fresh up-front.
Fanman
25/01/2013 17:43:00
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4,2,3,1 - Whoever in goal (might make sense giving Lloris a rest) - Naughton, Caulker, Dawson, BAE - Carrol, Parker - Lennon, Siggy, Townsend - Dempsey or Obika... Walker and Defoe definitely need to be subs for this one.
rahn DMC
25/01/2013 17:45:00
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Slurms McKenzie, I think that Bale has had plenty of rest this season, whereas Lennon has been an ever present. I see your point re Lennon's form, but I'd rather him be fresh for Norwich. However, if we play Bale without Lennon and they mark Bale out of the game we don't have anyone who can get behind them apart from Townsend. Its a tough one.
Fanman
25/01/2013 17:49:00
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To be honest Fanman I had Bale down first with Lennon rested then switched them for the above reason. I kinda think playing Bale would be like trying to crack a nut with a sledge hammer. Although I would like to see Townsend played on either wing just to see what kind of cover he offers!
Slurms McKenzie
25/01/2013 17:53:00
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The team AVB fielded against Coventry was a good indicator - some rotation but strong side. The full backs were Naughton & BAE, goalie Friedel, Siggy played - rested Dembele & Lennon. I would like to see Lennon play (as Leeds), but agree - rest Bale & Dembele & probably Verts also if sick. Slurms - GOMES - please don't get me started. Friedel, Dawson, Caulker, BAE, Naughton, Lennon, Parker, Carrol, Townsend, Siggy, Dempsey. Norwich bring back Lloris, Bale, Vert, Dembele - see how it goes re: defoe, walker.
Windlespur
25/01/2013 17:57:00
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Fanman - Bale played v Coventry, Lennon rested - so for me switch for this one as Lennon v old club.
Windlespur
25/01/2013 17:58:00
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Slurms McKenzie, agreed. Townsend should definately be given a chance.
Fanman
25/01/2013 18:00:00
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Seems weird that a game against Leeds people suggesting Defoe should get dropped, yes he hasn't scored in a while, so why not geive him a run out, hopefully bang on some goals to get his confidence back, cos if we don't sign a striker this window then its Defoe/Ade all the way, so we need them as confident as possible.
Ossie
25/01/2013 18:02:00
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Windlespur, my only concern is that Lennon might pick up an injury because he has played so many games this season if not rested. He'll be itching to play against his old club though.
Fanman
25/01/2013 18:04:00
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Ossie, good point. I think that AVB will see things your way. With Defoe as our only striker this season the last thing we need is for him to totally lose confidence.
Fanman
25/01/2013 18:09:00
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I'm just fed up of watching Defoe miss chance after chance...
Fanman
25/01/2013 18:09:00
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Off to Sydney for a holiday over the long weekend. Will miss the game on ESPN unfortunately. but like I always say.....COME ON YOU SPURS & WIN WIN WIN

@coopsie, thanks for the ITK from the previous article :-)
Madaboutspurs
25/01/2013 18:12:00
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Ossie, Three points: 1) Defoe scoring against Leeds is whoopie....means f-all, 2) we can't keep relying on him as he has let himself and the team down repeatedly and 3) he too needs a rest/break to get his mindset back in order. I am just totally fed up of seeing his usual poor standard for some time now. Someone else deserves a look in IMO and this is an deal opportunity. COYS!
Critical_Spur
25/01/2013 18:16:00
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from the squad pick the side to do the job and progress, this is a possible banana skin of a game, Lloris; Naughton; Dawson; Vertonghen (if fit) BAE; Lennon; Parker; Dembele; Bale; Dempsey; Defoe and we will progress into the next round, yes we have Norwich midweek, so get the job done and make changes, not the benitez way chasing the game and it's all to late, if anyone gets injured go and spend some money.
spu 4 life
25/01/2013 18:18:00
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I would start Dempsey up top ith Sigurdsson behind. If we can get that tandem working well, it will allow AVB the option of puttling Defoe as impact sub and making him earn his spot back. Same goes for Walker. Vertonghen will want back in do I'd have him out there with Dawson, BAE and Naughton out wide. Friedel in net. Start with Parker and Dembele in the middle and hope to do the game in early and get them both off at the half along with Townsend a little later. Parker, Dempsey, BAE, Sigurdsson all need to play for the minutes. They will be important going forward. COYS
peterballb
25/01/2013 18:25:00
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Defoe has to start he needs to score to get starting again and goals bring confidence and this is a game where he may score. I would start Benny and Naughton at RB and may be let Townsend get some game time as well and if we get in front we could give Carroll a run out at some point.
thfan
25/01/2013 18:29:00
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Hard choice with regards to the team so many need game time, friedal, ekkoto, Parker, Carroll, Huddlestone, Livermore, Townsend, siggy. We need to use as many of these players without loosing the game. Also vertonghen didn't play last week so he could do with a game. Shame it's only 11 a side.
gibbothfc
25/01/2013 18:47:00
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thfan, you could look at Defoe's scoring history and his confidence is irrelevant. 10 goals in 2009/2010 by November 22. 5 against Wigan, 3 against Hull and 2 more in all of the other fixtures. If he scores 4 against Leeds, he likely doesn;t score again for a month. Get other players scoring. One goal for Sigurdsson and Dempsey continuing to create and score would do more for the "team" than Defoe scoring a goal. 14 goals this season, 9 from 4 and the other 5 from 25. That's Defoe every year. COYS
peterballb
25/01/2013 18:58:00
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Peter, Precisely my thoughts. A striker at his level does not and should not need games like these to get his confidence back.....how old is he?!!! I also agree, Dempsey and Siggy would gain more confidence (together) and hopefully gel. COYS!
Critical_Spur
25/01/2013 19:18:00
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We need to win this game and get into the last 16, we must pick a team with a realistic chance of winning, if we prat about too much we could come unstuck. The form book, and all logic, says we should win, but it is a banana skin, and incidently we can well do without a replay. The worry is we have just completed 190 minutes, against both the top and the bottom teams in the PL, had 30+ shots on goal, roughly a half of those on target, and we have scored 1 goal, this must improve if we expect to win games in any competition.
Frank
25/01/2013 19:41:00
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thfan

You sound surprised by Defoe & his quiet spell.
Defoe has been inconsistent & patchy all his career .Nothing new ,that`s defoe .
,br>For Spurs to be consistent we really need a few more consistent players .Players living off the odd great game gets you nowhere .Nearly players give you a nearly team .Spurs have been that for far too long
big cockeral
25/01/2013 19:45:00
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Spurs need a manager who can have a 50% or over win ratio .Spurs haven`t had that since .... ? $hit last manager to have that ?

AVB has a win ratio of exactly 50% ,heading in the right direction for sure .Or will we suffer a 3rd season in a row second half season collapse ?
AVB could become legend if he pulls this off
big cockeral
25/01/2013 19:50:00
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Come on guys - we have seen that avb takes each match seriously, but balances his team and uses his squad. A real positive with resting and others getting opportunities to stay match sharp and to impress. Hudd did not against Coventry, but siggy showed good signs. Siggy and Dempsey for me.
Windlespur
25/01/2013 20:06:00
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Friedel, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, Esso, Parker, Carroll, Towensend, Gyilfi, Bale and Defoe for me
spurspanther
25/01/2013 20:15:00
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Thfan you right DEFOE HAS TO START. Like or not he is our only out and out sticker (Ade is playing worse), last time he played at Eland rd he got two goals. Defoe needs goals to build confidence and then could go on a goal scoring run against Norwich, Newcastle, west brom and west ham, all teams many of you think he scores all his goals against.

Diouf really impressed me against Everton and the chavs during their league cup run. Still think we will be way to much for them.
T.H.F.Chris
25/01/2013 22:02:00
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I was going to post "throw in Coulibaly" but then noticed the article that we had loaned him to some obscure Italian club. What is behind that? I thought part of his development included having English language lessons. Don't know what he will gain in Italy.....apart from exposure to racism. I expect the powers that be know what they are doing. I also read that Pritchard is a target of Liverpool. I hope we hang on to him. I don't think we should risk Defoe, play Demps up front or give Obika a run. But don't underestimate the Leeds team.
jacobslad
26/01/2013 04:02:00
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THF Chris you're right in that a few goals in this game could do wonders for Defoe's confidence and send him on a run. However, were he injured we would be absolutely pucked. Without a doubt. So for me its Dempsey up front. I think that Lennon will play given the time he spent at Leeds, a club he actually didn't want to leave. I can imagine him asking AVB to play in this one. I think Bale might be the one to take a rest in this one, as someone suggested earlier. Other than that I think Parker will be rested with the Sandro situation, as will Dembele. I would like to see Carroll paired with one of Huddlestone/Livermore but I think it's more likely that both the latter play. The team for me: Friedel : Naughton, Caulker, Dawson, BAE : Lennon, Huddlestone, Livermore, Townsend : Gylfi : Dempsey
WhiteHartHotspur
26/01/2013 07:52:00
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Oh and jacobslad I think the expectation is that Coulibaly will get a lot of playing time with Grosseto as they are struggling near the bottom of Serie B. If he goes nuts over there and returns for next season ready for first team action, I'm all for it. Though I agree the racism won't be particularly nice. Also agree that we have to hang on to Pritchard.
WhiteHartHotspur
26/01/2013 07:56:00
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WhiteHH...yes but it still seems a bloody long way to send the lad! I would like to see Carroll start as well, or at least be on the bench.
jacobslad
26/01/2013 08:11:00
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I do not agree with some of the above suggestions as far as the line up is concerned! For me strongest possible line up! Leeds are up for this game, no messing about, we need to win this game outright, no replay please !
AllanDK
26/01/2013 09:00:00
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Play chelsea like formation....3 creative mid fielders behind the clinical striker and a deep lying playmaker...A formation which can be used against teams like stokecity,sunderland who plays defensively where wingers like aaron lennon and gareth bale doesnt have space..... Defoe-st attk- midGlyfi,Tom carrol,Dempsy def mid- Thuddle stone,livermore def-ekotto,caulker,dawson,naughton gk-fridel sub parker(def mid),dembele(attk mid),youth striker(obika)
Navaneeth
26/01/2013 09:18:00
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Judging from the way AVB have lined up so far this season, namely; always strongest possible team has been selected. Therefore, IMO he will only make two changes from the ManU game, - namely: Brad in goal and Ekotto to start ! " BoasBall Style " all the way!!!
AllanDK
26/01/2013 09:39:00
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WHH injury is a bit of a concern but at the moment I feel it could be worth the risk, play Defoe first 70 mins enough time to score a couple then sub ideally for Obika - he is probably third choice. I'd rest Lennon unless he is desperate to play.
T.H.F.Chris
26/01/2013 10:35:00
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peterbalb - I agree to a certain extent but i do think when Defoe goes through this stage he then needs a goal to kick start another scoring spree before his goals dry up again. Fact is we don't have any one else to play up top while Ade is away other than Dempsey and Siggy he hasn't scored. I just feel it is best to try and give him confidence be positive becuase in reality until we get a prolific striker we have to try and get the best out of the ones we have.

Big C I am not surprised I know what Defoe is like and yes he shouldn't need these short of games to get confidence but some strikers are like that, look at Torres he has been woeful yet he was prolific. I just think we have to make the best of what we got until things change and I think it would be more positive to play Defoe than drop him because I am not convinced Dempsey and Siggy have proven enough to get us the goals. Siggy has been woeful and is only just starting to show signs of settling in and Dempsey has been woeful until last few games. Defoe is a type of player that ca grab you a goal out of nothing despite his flaws.>br>
Personally I think Defoe is not good enough for us as a team now looking to become a CL team but then again is Dempsey, Siggy, Ade, Lennon, Walker, Dembele, Dawson, Naughton, Hudd, Livermore, and so forth. there is logic of me saying play Defoe that is we need to keep him as confident as possible if we are to get any more goals out of him because we don't actually have any one else that has proven to be better at the moment. no point in kicking a player down when we don't have any better. Some say try Dempsey and Siggy well yes we could but as I said have they been prolific especially Siggy, it woulld be a gamble starting with both of them and dropping Defoe and if we did start with tem and we didin't score how many would say 'can't believe we didn't play Defoe'. some times we just have to learn to accept some players are not good enough for our aspirations but we have to keep them positive until we get better.
thfan
26/01/2013 10:53:00
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Sorry, I disagree with thoe that think that this match could potentially help Defoe with his confidence. One could say the same for walker!. Defoe, for a player that has been around for a looooong time, imo, his confidence will only return by scoring on a big stage or in a big game, e.g., against a top 4 side. Besides, the likes of Dempsey or a.n.other deserves a chance. Scoring today would mean NOTHING if he then goes on another barren spell. Until we sign someone else, we need to desperately find an alternative contributor (striker) to the goals tally. COYS!
Critical_Spur
26/01/2013 11:15:00
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With the Norwich fixture on wednesday i would like to see players rested but we could easily lose this game if we do.
MrSpurs
26/01/2013 11:33:00
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thefan, Just read your post and it crossed mine! Just to elaborate on my thinking. Look at Dempsey, he is cock-a-hoop with confidence after AGAIN scoring against Utd. With the limited opps Dempsey has had, he is beginning to gain support and I would like to see him maintain momentum. Defoe may still benefit should he score coming on as an impact sub when all round him are tiring. COYS!
Critical_Spur
26/01/2013 11:35:00
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I really don't know what to make of Defoe other than that he is good, but not good enough. There's been lots of talk on here and elsewhere about him needing to get games to score, or that he needs game to bolster his confidence, but having watched him down the years, it seems like when he has a run of games and is knocking them in, and being lauded by the pundits, that he inexplicably goes off the boil. There appears to be no rhyme or reason to when he is full of confidence and scoring freely, and when he's not. It's worrying to think that he's our first choice striker. We should have better in our ranks.
darkenvai
26/01/2013 11:50:00
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well said darkenvai. Be ready to heat humple pie though, should he be in the starting lineup and bang in a hatrick!! COYS!
Critical_Spur
26/01/2013 11:58:00
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I'd queue up for hours for a slice of that pie! I'd much rather that he scored one goal every other game or so though.
darkenvai
26/01/2013 12:03:00
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Where's the transfer gossip!
jonathan01
26/01/2013 13:11:00
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Defoe for me should not play. If he gets injured then what?? Risk it with Obika. Even if he fails to score there are enough goals an enough quality in the rest of the team to neat these lot an well. Defoe I can't stand anyway
BrooksySpurs
26/01/2013 13:15:00
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Defoe for me should not play. If he gets injured then what?? Risk it with Obika. Even if he fails to score there are enough goals an enough quality in the rest of the team to neat these lot an well. Defoe I can't stand anyway
BrooksySpurs
26/01/2013 13:15:00
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darkenvai- to me defoe seems to score freely when he has something to prove,hence at the start of the season he had a point to prove to his previous manager when he started every game.now hes the automatic first/only choice striker,there is no pressure on him to score as he assumes he will play the following game regardless.....credit where credit is due,he was fantastic as the lone striker earlier on in the season, as its not natural role, but maybe he's a bit too complacent now.(just my 2 cents worth).
g. roberts testes
26/01/2013 13:42:00
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Brooksy - if he gets injured better he gets injured now whilst there are still a couple of days of the transfer window left.
SpuriousLife
26/01/2013 13:43:00
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I expect this to be Adebayor's biggest contribution to Spurs for this season. What, you ask. How can this be? Adebayor's in South Africa and won't be playing? My point precisely. What can AVB and staff do to light a spark under this man to get him back to playing at last season's level. The best he can do for us these days is to leave for a few weeks. Strange, indeed.
Total knobhead
26/01/2013 13:55:00
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Ah, and tomorrow's match vs Leeds U. Let's see a wee bit of rotation. Perhaps Siggy should start and Lennon can come on late. Dembele not to play a full match, he's not been on top of his game. When is Kaboul coming back? Cup matches the perfect place to work him back into the lineup.
Total knobhead
26/01/2013 13:58:00
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g. roberts testes - I hear what you say, and there might be something to that, but, as has been pointed out on previous threads, he consistently wastes lots of chances。I saw a stat recently that had his success rate at a measly 14% or so. Adebayor was down in the 12% region, although from far fewer chances. Given the number of chances that Defoe had had, and they were really numerous, even a relatively small increase in that percentage would likely translate into a significant number of point won. He was good earlier in the season, and has been in the past. Not good enough though, sadly.
darkenvai
26/01/2013 13:58:00
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darkenvai- those stats speak for themselves.can't say that i was ever a defoe fan,and thats putting it extremely mildly,for the reasons that you stated.plus he just shoots on sight and is a bit one dimensional.during the man u match he was shooting without even looking up first.....the time to phase him out has to start now....even tomorrow.so we can make way for others in the team.i feel we need a personnel total change up front,if not now then definitely in the summer.(yes the record is stuck,gently tap the needle).
g. roberts testes
26/01/2013 14:22:00
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Only make changes to either rest anybody carrying knocks or to get comeback-ees fit, like Scotty and BAE. Definitely play Dempsey as he's getting better with every game. Off topic, but I've just watched the second half of last week's game again and the after-match discussions. Hats off to Mr Foy yet again and I believe he was spot on. It's a fine line but to me Rooney played the ball away to his right but continued to run straight into Caulker. Too often fouls are given when players come together like this. Players are entitled to put themselves between the ball and the opponent without it being obstruction or a trip so long as they are challenging for the ball. Rooney fouled Caulker if anything.
Love totty
26/01/2013 14:26:00
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I would start (4,3,3): Lloris,Naughton,Caulker,Verts,BAE,Livermore,Carroll,Siggurdson, Townesend,Dempsey,Defoe
SpursSnM
26/01/2013 14:46:00
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After much study of the squad and the younger players available to us. With the aid of very complex maths equations I have distilled down the area for the squad that needs addressing. We are lacking in the striker department. I know this will come as a surprise to most on here but my figures are accurate. Most probably haven't realised this due to the extreme complexity of the formula needed to work this out. For this reason I am not too critical of AVB and Levy for not working it out. For my next feat of awesomeness will atempt to work out where my nose is located!
Slurms McKenzie
26/01/2013 15:23:00
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Slurms McKenzie, lol nice one.
Fanman
26/01/2013 15:27:00
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