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The Not So Magnificent 7

Capoue, Chadli, Chiriches, Eriksen, Lamela, Paulinho and Soldado. Still bedding in or expensive failures, perhaps not wanted by the current or next manager?

We can always look at individuals and argue that they need time, a settled team and style of play to suit them, but when you buy players for a combined 100 million, it could also be argued that you expect more quality and effort, after forty games into a season. In fairness one or two have struggled to get a run of games, either due to injury, form of others or perhaps struggling to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premiership, it is is probably harsh to claim that all seven are failures, but it is certain that none have been outstanding successes either.

Perhaps we can claim that one or two might just not be good enough and in the cases of Chadli and Chiriches that might so far appear to be the case. I would also suggest that Capoue expected an easier ride and to be an instant and automatic selection, but die to early injury and perhaps a not so outstanding attitude, he has struggled. Lamela just looks lost, Does Eriksen fit into the curet managers plans and in Soldado, we have a player who looks devoid of confidence, but on current form, cannot regain it without playing, but at the same time his contribution isn`t good enough for selection.

As for Paulinho, he has been okay. Not bad, but also not good. Again he needs time, but I also get the impression he is just doing enough and not bringing his 'A Game' to Tottenham. Rated as the complete midfielder, so far can we honestly say he has really been much above six out of ten in performance? With a World Cup coming, I almost feel he is just ticking over for that and also has a private hope that his own displays will get him a marquee signing elsewhere. I would also argue that Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and one or two others might just be doing the same.

It is easy to blame the seven new recruits, and we all know that there are several other senior players that are struggling to maintain their form or are just not quite good enough for the top four places and sadly instead of building upon hardening foundations this summer, I have a feeling that it will be another exodus and recruitment drive, whoever is in charge and no doubt there will be one or two major battles between Spurs, a player(s) and courting clubs looking to grad our unhappy and unsettled players.

If we take our rose tinted specs off, is there really any one of those players that we would be devastated to lose in the summer? For me, Eriksen has been the pick of the bunch and I have been baffled why he hasn`t been the key man for Tim Sherwood, but sadly something doesn`t seem right. Is this a situation where we will see players rejuvenated by a full season, pre season and 12 months integration into the English culture? I actually wonder if already we have players just treading water, knowing that a new manager is likely to step in, in the summer or that they have already earmarked a move away. All of these players are worthy of playing Champions league football, but sadly for Spurs, are they worthy of our undying loyalty, when it could be argued that they are not actually giving that to us in return...




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Date:Tuesday February 25 2014

Time: 5:00AM

 

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