status quo

24.04.2007

Although the tabloids continue to link Spurs with summer moves for numerous players - Reading's Steve Sidwell and Croatian striker Nikola Zigic being recent examples, an influx of too many new faces for next season could be detrimental to the club.  Of this season's new signings, Berbatov is, without question, the shining light - the best striker there has been at the club since Klinsmann, an, if the powers that be can retain his services, will eclipse Jurgen's impact in his brief stay at the Lane.

Zokora is obviously a talented player - an excellent passer of the ball and capable of making incisive forward runs when the occasion arises - he may, however, fall between two stools here - Jol plays him in the anchor role in front of the back four, preferring Jenas as the forward thinking centre midfielder, mainly due to JJ having more of an eye for goal than the Ivory Coast man.

Rocha, albeit making that unfortunate slip at the Emirates, looks a decent acquisition at the back, he reads the game impeccably and is a sharp tackler and decent in the air.

Chimbonda is a class act, his powerful runs down the right and astute defending have made him a crowd favourite.

Malbranque, from my personal point of view, has been a breath of fresh air - he can beat a player, is not averse to sticking his foot in to win the ball and he can score goals.  There had been rumours prior to him joining that his attitude was suspect - thankfully, there has been little evidence of that, and just good performances.

In order to build on these players abilities, plus the strengths of Robbo, Ledley, Dawson and Keano, the club needs to strengthen in certain areas - a quick left winger type to balance Lennon on the right would be an area the team would like to bring in I'm sure, but there appears to be a shortage of that type of player in world football and from what I've seen of Downing at Middlesbrough (a reported Jol favourite), I remain unconvinced he'd be that effective.

Damien Comolli appears to be bringing in some good youngsters into the club - it will be satisfying to think that the side could one day be bolstered by kids who have come up through the ranks as Perryman, Hoddle, Barmby, King, etc have done over the years and that the club will nurture good young British players and give them a chance in the first team.

COYS

RICHARD PYMONT

 

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