Date:Wednesday December 11 2013
Reading a discussion on whether Dawson justifies his place is a bit bizarre when he's the only fit centre back we currently have.
Looking at our situation in central defence does raise questions about the structure of a squad. At the start of the season this looked to be a well resourced area of the team with plenty of strength in depth, so why are we now struggling? Firstly there is Kaboul. Having missed all last season he still seems to be struggling with injuries, the whole situation is beginning to remind me uncomfortably of Ledley King. Instead of four central defenders we effectively have three. It raises the question; can you afford to carry an injury prone player, no matter how talented, with limits on the size of the squad and a lot of games in a season?
Personally I think the answer is no and the way the club is stalling on a new contract for Younes suggests they are asking the same question. Its not just about how good a player is, its also about how many games you will get from him. Secondly there is the left back situation. Its all very well saying Vertonghen can play there but he can't play in both positions at once. You've not only taken away your best centre half but effectively you've now reduced the available central defenders to two. It highlights that having a squad that's weak in one area, in this case left back, has a ripple effect causing problems in other areas of the team.
The one good point in all this so far is the performance of Capoue in defence, he looks like he can actually play there. This highlights the advantage of having players who can play more than one position, as opposed to having to play people out of position. This doesn't mean I'm happy about Etienne having to deal with Suarez though. The last point to make is about flexibility. The manager needs to be able to change things by how he mixes and matches the players.
The obvious problem area here is up front. Soldado and Defoe are essentially similar players, swapping one for the other doesn't change the shape of the game. They don't complement each other so playing two up front doesn't achieve much. The irony is if Adebeyor had any interest in playing football he would be the player AVB needs, instead he just takes up a squad number. With limits on the size of a squad you can't really have more than two players for each position, you shouldn't have less.
You hope you have a few youngsters good enough to play a few games. You want a few players who are comfortable in more than one position. You need different types of player available in every area of the pitch so that you can change things when necessary. You will get injuries but you can't afford players who are injury prone. While this is the strongest Spurs squad I can remember its not all the way there yet.
Written by jod
Date:Wednesday December 11 2013
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