If there is one thing THFC appear to lack more than any other EPL club, it's consistency; and the two most important inconsistencies, in my opinion, concern our manager and our players.
Managers - Any manager, when joining a new club, needs time. He has to assess his squad, identify players that would enhance the squad, and find a system that works. This takes time unless, of course, a new manager is extremely lucky or has the unlikely opportunity to take over a successful team. Football, these days, is huge business and there is as much emphasis on financial profit as there is on success on the field. But, to achieve a decent profit and success on the field, there has to be a sustainable long-term business plan.
The demand for instant profit and success conflicts with the desired outcome if not managed correctly. Whatever way it is viewed, and for whatever reasons it has happened, our continual change of managers and search for instant success, is counter-productive. AVB was given four months to achieve success ... with seven new players and two players returning from long-term injury. Although he was at Spurs the previous season, it had no bearing at the start of this season.
We will never know what would have happened had he been allowed to see out the season. But we do know what has happened after he left. TS has had five months at THFC, although even as he was instated there was talk that he would not be here next season. Where's the commitment and sense in that. We have no idea about what will happen next in our managerial farce despite all the speculation around, 'will TS go', 'will he stay', 'who might we get next', etc, etc. But whatever happens next has to be under-pinned by commitment and consistency.
Players - THFC bought seven brand new, you-beaut, international players at the start of this season. I was ecstatic, as were most supporters. The most consistent performer of the seven has, without doubt, been Lamela .... because he has consistently not played. As for the others (apart from Lloris and, probably Eriksen), how have they performed? Arguments about team selection, playing out of position, adjusting to a new life-style, etc, can only go so far.
I truly believe that they all have potential (obviously they have shown their potential elsewhere), but I am also truly worried that, when given the opportunity to shine, they have rarely done so ... consistently. At this level there is no excuse for poor passing, lack of energy (running, supporting team mates, closing down players, etc). At this level the manager, whoever he is, cannot be blamed for all their failings. They should all be at the highest level of skill, work-rate, and dedication.
My concern is that few of them have displayed any of these attributes ... consistently! Okay, most of our 'new' players have not enjoyed a run of games in the first team, and having an abundance of midfielders has not helped ... but surely they train most days, they kick a football most days, so basic skills should not be affected. I admit there are other variables (and many of them) that contribute to our current situation but my questions are; Do managers need more time (despite early results), and, are our current players consistent enough?
Written by Geofspurs