Writer: Cleveland ARTSPURS
Date:Wednesday August 28 2013
Two matches, two wins, two goals, six points. We should all be deliriously happy. We now have a strong, powerful dominating midfield composed of the beast, the behemoth and megalodon, however so far beauty has failed to show up to party. When I say beauty, I'm talking about a number 10, somebody who can play behind the striker, who has pace, guile, trickery and an eye for a goal.
When I think about some of the world's greatest number 10's, I think of players such as Pele, Maradonna, Zidane, and Messi, but even at Spurs we have had some good ones such as Jimmy Greaves, Glen Hoddle and Teddy Sheringham. Who now amongst our ranks can take up the mantle and 'pick the lock' of the most stubborn PL defenses? I'm not going to describe a who's who of world football, instead I'm going to discuss the merits of players who we currently have at the club.
1) Gylfi Sigurdsson. Siggi was signed from Swansea with a reputation for having an eye for goal. In 18 appearances for the Swans he scored 7 goals. Since joining Spurs, it is fair to say that he has struggled to hold down a place and to find his best position. Last year he appeared for us 32 times and scored 3 goals. Siggi is a hard worker, shows determination, but seems to lack pace and technical ability at the most important of times.
2) Moussa Dembele. 'The Moose' is strong and has the 'gazza' like skill of being able to glide past opponents with the ball effortlessly. He does tend to hold on to the ball too long though, and doesn't always seem to be able to pick a pass, and doesn't shoot often enough. He has also never scored more than 5 goals in a PL season. Does Moussa therefore have the 'killer instinct' to play this role, or is he better playing deeper?
3) Paulinho. One of our new signings, but in his short time at the club he has shown that he has a great engine, skill and an ability to get forward into scoring positions. He should have had at least a couple of goals against the Swans this weekend. In his last two seasons for Corinthians, he scored 13 goals and assisted at least 3 times. He knows where the goal is, but can he play with his back to goal?
4) Adebayor. Ade is a controversial one I know, and this is bound to upset some people. He can be described as at best complicated, but when he is on his game he can be unplayable. In his loan season with us he scored 17 goals and got 14 assists. His work rate in the team was second to none. He had enough pace to move around the offensive third and enough technical ability to play with his back to goal. Last season however was poor by contrast, in 25 appearances he scored only 5 goals and the enthusiasm of the previous season seemingly evaporated. He has all of the tools, but is he worth taking a gamble on.
5) No one needed. This isn't our new Korean signing, but when I say don't play anyone as a number 10, I mean that we could play 4-3-3, use our wings and get Paulinho, Dembele and Capoue forward in turn to make up the numbers in the box. This would require the midfield three to develop an understanding as to who stays who goes at what time, but with more games, that will come naturally.
6) Buy Someone. Simply, are all our options for a number 10 inadequate? Should we go into the market before it closes?
That's my thoughts on the number 10 position at Spurs. What's worth noting is that our rivals are pretty strong in that position. ManU have Rooney and Welbeck, Chelsea have Hazard, Willian, Mata, Oscar etc, Liverpool have Coutinho, Arse have Cazorla and City have Silva, Aguero and Jovetic. It's an important position but what we should also remember is that if you should come up against a locked door, you can either try to pick the lock or use a sledge hammer to get through it. We have a MF full of sledgehammers, who's going to pick the lock? COYS.
Written by Cleveland ARTSPURS
Date:Wednesday August 28 2013
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