looks at an imperceptible change in the Spurs team that seeks new glory
this doesn’t come across as knee-jerk reaction to the pitiful display at
Sunderland today, so let's just call it a reality check. After all
what is really different about the team that finished a comfortably
outside of the top four last year and only made it into fifth spot on
the final day of the season ?
Summer we have spent over £30m on new players yet of those only Gareth
Bale has been brought in as a first team starter. Bent, Kaboul and
Boateng are all squad players and Taarabt is clearly one for the future,
who may not feature regularly despite rave reviews in pre-season.
Therefore our first choice starting XI would only have one different
name in now than it did last season, so I’m struggling to see why all of
a sudden we are going to be finishing in a Champions League place come
it is the hype that has been created both internally and externally over
the Summer as for once it was not just us fans who predicted that we
might be ready to push on. For the first time in I don’t know how
long, even the media seem to be rating our chances, but as discussed
above I can’t see that this should be because of anything we have done.
How many of our squad would get into any of the Top four’s starting XI ?
Clearly Berbatov would and perhaps Chimbonda but that’s about all.
our (first choice) defence looks good and our array of forwards is
enviable amongst any side it is still our midfield that lets us down.
Games are won by midfields and ours is far too weak. Lennon can be
a world beater and I really rate Malbranque, but Jenas, Zokora, Tainio
and Huddlestone are not good enough collectively to consistently win us
games, rather we will have to rely on the brilliance of Berbatov and co
to supply the goods.
everyone has also got a little too carried away with the supposed
“demise of Arsenal” following Henry’s departure. Sadly I think all
this talk is seriously misguided and we should look no further than the
Cup and League games at the Lane last year (both 2-2) to see just how
superior their technical ability was compared to ours. Again you
shouldn’t draw conclusions from just one game but can you imagine
Arsenal going to Sunderland and having just one shot on target ?
for the club being ambitious and am pleased that they are making the
right noises about finishing in the top 4. (in fact would far prefer it
if the said “top three” as if we can catch Arsenal then Liverpool must
be in sight too – otherwise it sounds as if we just interested in
finishing above Arsenal) but I wonder what this ambition is actually
based on. Let's please remember for a moment that until 2006 we
had gone some 16 years without finishing in the top six, so to make a
leap within three years above clubs who have been playing Champions
League football regularly for nearly 10 seasons would be a remarkable
Realistically we must again finish in a European spot again this season
and we would really love a Cup Final to go to as its now been six years
since we got to one and nine since we won one. We already have the
nucleus of a very strong team that is young and will improve, but until
a midfield enforcer is brought in who can dominate and win midfield
battles we will not be challenging for Champions League just yet !