So with the new premiership season nearly
upon us – just how good is our current squad and where exactly will
Spurs finish up this season ??
England’s No 1 needs to ditch the jitters that appeared at the World Cup
and rediscover the excellent form which he has consistently demonstrated
in a Spurs shirt. Perhaps he was a little overawed by playing in
such prestigious games and surely will benefit from having his own back
four in front of him. One player missing from that familiar back
four at the beginning of the season will be Ledley King – club captain
and one of the best central defenders this club has ever had.
Crucial to our success this season, it is vital that he returns to the
fold quickly and stays injury free. Dawson proved his worth last
year and was arguably our player of the season. If he carries on
where he left off then surely King and Dawson can form a formidable
partnership for many seasons to come.
Dawson will surely start the season alongside either Gardner or
Davenport – with the latter impressing in a number of pre season games.
Gardner certainly has all the attributes but is prone to lapses of
concentration which can prove costly. Whilst performing well at
the beginning and the end of last season deputising for King, surely
it’s Davenport slot to lose for the opener against Bolton.
Our full back options have been strengthened already with the
acquisition of Ekotto who looks a class act with his close control, pacy
runs and composure when needed. He will provide YP Lee with stiff
competition unless they both play on the left hand side or YP Lee moves
to right back. The right back slot still needs bolstering as
Stalteri's lack of pace led to costly mistakes last season and the on
going saga of Chimbonda still drags on.
Right midfield is pretty much sorted with the excellent Lennon off to a
flyer last season and impressing at the World Cup. Routledge is
back to provide cover although he’s yet to prove he can oust Lennon from
his slot. Left midfield continues to remain a bone of contention
with a number of players forced to fill the slot last season – square
pegs in round holes anyone ?? Reid was bought to solve the left
sided problem but is clearly not an out and out winger and looks likely
to be moved on. Continued progression next season rests heavily on
filling this key role in the squad since 4-3-3 in pre season friendlies
is simply experimentation, I believe, rather than our future formation.
Despite the loss of Cash Cow to Man United, our central midfield looks
as strong as ever having been enhanced by the signing of World Cup
starlet Zokora. Strong in the tackle he will offer us more of a
defensive role in front of the back four and allow the likes of Jenas to
get forward and play a more attacking role. The departure of Cash
Cow should quicken the progress of Huddlestone who should feature more
in the first team this season. When
fully fit, Tainio is an able deputy, Davids will provide his usual
tenacity albeit in a reduced role and Ghaly is still waiting in the
wings. Last but not least, is Murphy of whom many of us can’t
figure out why we bought him and although his first team appearances
have been limited is yet to justify a regular first team slot – more
likely to be sold than kept to be honest.
Berbatov looks like an astute acquisition, already impressing in pre
season games with good feet, a deft turn of pace and excellent close
control. Defoe is looking hungrier and sharper and looks keen to impress
in pre season. Keane will also look to continue where he left off
last season with an impressive goal return at vital moments. Add to this
the possible return of Mido and Tottenham will certainly have one of the
most impressive strike forces in the Premiership. Surely if we can
buy shrewdly for our key areas, a repeat of fifth position is likely –
provided that our exploits in Europe (and hopefully a decent run in one
of the domestic cups) don’t provide too much of a distraction.
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