worried of tottenham
6 games - 2 points - no
passion - NO style - not even a well crafted move.
We sit bottom, every other team is laughing at us and MJ is laughing
loudest of all ...
But am I bothered - no not really.
Why should I get stressed out that the club sold my favourite players ?
Why vex that there isn't a 'team' to watch ?
Shout at the manager - at the moment guys I can't even be bothered to
draw in the breath - quite simply the club doesn't deserve my support
and although I'll watch from afar and hope they pick up - I shall be
neither surprised nor moved if nothing improves - it's just the
Tottenham way - boom and bust I believe they call it.
I saw it coming a mile off, sell Carrick - great business we all said
(including me) - didn't take long to realise the error of our ways did
Ledley out for most of the season - it'll be OK when he comes back.
Well since when have things been that easy at Spurs ?
Flog half the team to Sunderland - hold on a minute isn't that the basis
of our midfield and the platform for our goals ?
Finally, flog the star strikers and pocket a few quid ...
Well done Mr Levy, a fine business move, now perhaps you'd like to move
on and let the rest of the fans pick up the pieces, not me though, I've
discovered other sports worth watching even more desperate than Spurs !
And it doesn't cost the family over £100 to get in.
Take care all - I'll see you around some time ...
I am one of those worried fans who
cannot bare to look at the table. Spurs are bottom with only two
points, we're loosing against anyone and anything... who would have
thought a few weeks ago when we were busy thrashing Celtic, Dortmund
and Roma in pre-season that we would be losing disgracefully to Boro, Sunderland, Villa, Portsmouth, Hull....Oh how I long for
pre-season. My heart tells me that we're one win away from climbing
from the bottom of the table but my head keeps insisting that we may
become the Derby County of season 2008-09 and play in the
Championship next year ...
Come to think of it ... what's happened
to the best Tottenham side in my living memory, the one which twice
finished fifth not so long ago ? What's so different now from those
sides which seriously looked like challenging the top four and what
has made us now the laughing stoke of English football? Let's just
concentrate on 2005-06 ... just to refresh our memories, this was
the season when we spent a whole five months in fourth place only to
loose it on the last day of the season. .. how I long for that
season ... We were up there challenging with the best. The Spurs
side of 05-06 indeed was a much more complete, balanced,
adapt compared to the current Spurs team ... Let's just start from
the very back ... Firstly we had a safe and assured goalkeeper in Mr
Paul Robinson. Mind you this was not the Robinson of 2007, the
Robinson of 05-06 was still strong, assuring, confident ... Mr.
Gomes on the other hand has already dropped a couple of howlers and
there are more to come I presume. Secondly we had an ever-fit Ledley
King who played every week and week in week out showed he had the
qualities to match the likes of Ferdinand, Terry, Cannavaro, Calvalho
etc, to name just a few. Also Mr. Micheal Dawson, despite being
three years younger and with three years less experience looked much
better than the present slow, easy-to-skip Dawson. In
Lee-Young Pyo and Paul Stalteri finally, despite not being the best
around, we still had two experienced full-backs who regularly
attacked the wings and helped in taking the side forward. Let's now
look at the midfield and oh how I long for that midfield of 05-06.
Mr. Micheal Carrick was pulling the strings and opening up defences
with astute passing leaving Jermaine Jenas time and space to attack
and bounce on the loose balls in the box. We don't have a Carrick in
the squad of 08-09 ... Didier Zokora has never filled up his boots.
The biggest difference from 05-06 however is ... and this I say it
with great conviction, the presence or lack of it of Mr. Edgar
Davids. The latter was the one who closed the gaps in midfield,
fought for every ball all around the pitch and while his critics may
argue that he was past his best during his Spurs days, he
still injected a winning fighting attitude that enabled everyone to
step up his performance on a Saturday (or Sunday or Monday). A
shadow of Mr. Davids in the current squad is perhaps Tom Huddlestone
but I have my doubts on the latter, lately he's throwing too much
lazy uninspiring performances that indeed make you question his
overall attitude. Now for the attack ... the strike-force of 05-06
included Keane, Defoe, Mido and Rasiak. Whilst many may argue that
Keane and Defoe were the most talented and important in that
team, Mr. Mido, in my humble opinion was certainly the most
essential and important. Why ? Because Mido despite not being as
good a finisher as Keane, Defoe or indeed Berbatov was a good holder
of the ball and thus served well to complement and set-up good
link-up play for Keane and Defoe. I used to wholly agree with Mr.
Jol when saying that both Defoe and Keane could not play together
... both needed a striker in the Mido-mould who could hold the ball
up for them and feed them good passes and thus score goals in the
process. Unfortunately Mr. Mido had to leave in the club in '07 to
better accommodate a certain Mr Berbatov. Comparatively our present
strike-force is to say the least laughable. Not because Bent,
Pavlyuchenko and Campbell don't have goals in them but certainly
because they don't have qualities that complement each other. None
of them is for instance of the Mido-type who can in moments of
pressure can hold up a hasty ball cleared from the defence and
set-up a quick counter-attack. Also none of them is particularly
good with the head and none have particularly good technique or an
eye for goal. In this regard both Keane and Defoe are being sorely
missed for their un-discussed great finishing and technical
The January transfer window of 2009 will
be a very important period for Tottenham Hotspur FC. Years of
glorious history and tradition risk being lost forever if the right
decisions in the transfer market are not taken and Spurs finish up
in the Championship come next May (or indeed April by the current
rate). Everyone can see where the deficiencies are and what type of
players need be brought in the redress them. Let's just hope and
I'm writing this at half
time against Hull and I hope that come the end of the second half a
miracle has happened and Spurs have turned it around, but I feel I'm
grasping at straws - after today we have 31 games left to play. Take
into account we have to play Arsenal twice - Man Utd twice - Liverpool
twice and Chelsea once that is another seven games gone which leaves us
24 games to amass 40 plus points which is winning approx 13 games from
The fact we cannot score
unless its an own goal, and the fact we cannot keep a clean sheet - I
cannot see us doing this with the players we have. I'm sorry for
Ramos but he has to go we need a football brain and a massive injection
of confidence by next week otherwise I'm sorry to say we are down and it
is going to be a disaster - the Leeds United of the south ?
I can't go on hoping
other teams slip up so we stay in contention of the bottom four - how
much worse can it get ?
Still at least we are not
in the red eh, MR LEVY.
WORRIED SPURS FAN
Itís a classic Spurs story - the promise and momentum of that battling
point at Chelsea quickly turned to the rubble of a mediocre home defeat
to Aston Villa. Any hope had by fans before the season started, be it
unrealistic aspirations of the top four or simple dreams of a strong
start to the campaign, have now evaporated into misery at the plight of
this famous old club.
Its not as if the two-one reverse last night was even a decent
performance. Only Darren Bentís late scrambled goal gave Spurs the
undeserved privilege of having a notch on their scorecard. Tottenham
were limp, unimaginative and disappointing. The players didnít seem to
have any idea of what they were aiming at. They appear to be a team in
need of unification - in need of a real leader to take charge and kick
some proverbial behinds.
Before anyone crows that that man should be Robbie Keane, remember the
awful start last season first. The man they need back the most is Ledley
King. His injury troubles over the past year are ridiculously well
documented but his appearances against both Sunderland and Chelsea gave
hope that he was on his way to a consistent fitness. He may still be but
his absence last night was strongly felt. Michael Dawson, Kingís
replacement, has gone terribly backwards as a footballer and isnít
really capable of doing the same job as the erstwhile Tottenham captain.
If King canít be there to motivate them in every game, then manager
Ramos should be. The English barrier provides a bigger problem then many
at White Hart Lane want to admit. Previous boss Martin Jol was never
short of a word or two in the players ear and, while there is no
doubting Ramosí pedigree as a coach, one has to concede that things
would be better if he could provide a smattering of English in the media
here and there. Presumably he does behind closed doors but obviously
there are words lost in translation - step up please , Gus Poyet.
Ramos did at least play Darren Bent up front with a partner, something
fans have been crying out for all season. Roman Pavyluchenko did okay
but, in his first game, was unable to provide the X factor so badly
missing by the team. The midfield looked confused. Jermaine Jenas, the
vice captain, wasnít even played which was confusing after his great
display for England in Zagreb. As it happened, he came on after twenty
odd minutes for the injured Luka Modric, who again looked slightly off
the pace. Fans must be desperate that the talented Croatian will pick it
up sooner rather than later.
Didier Zokora and Tom Huddlestone in the middle looked to be too much
the same player and the midfield became overly congested as a result.
The one tiny, flashing positive was Aaron Lennonís slightly better
performance than what we had come to expect from the diminutive winger -
although this is severely clutching at straws. And, although Heurelho
Gomes made some exceptional saves, he made the key mistake of the night
in letting Ashley Youngís tame shot squeak past him. Without wishing to
curse the Brazilian, thoughts inevitably drift to Paul Robinsonís error
strewn performances of last year.
What next? At the moment, I would not rule out relegation. It sounds
extreme but until they get the wins under their belt they cannot be sure
of anything. A top six position is still in reach but not without one
hell of a turnaround. Ramos must instil some realism into his players -
they need to be aware of what could happen if this carries on. The
bottom of the barrel hasnít been found yet but weíre not far away.
Spurs fans are not alien to this type of crisis. Weíve seen false dawn
after false dawn, glimmers of hope replaced by piercing bullets of
failure. The talent is so obviously there and this appears to be a
psychological problem rather than an ability based one. Spurs are badly
needing a leader and a sense of togetherness. They would do well to look
at their opponents from last night and take a lesson or two. Whereas
teams like Newcastle and West Ham are complete jokes off the pitch,
Tottenham are quickly becoming a joke on it.
I don't see Spurs anymore as
they have priced me out of the ticket range to watch a game of football
even though I have been a supporter for 40+ years and had a spell of
working for them in the mid 90's - but from what I have seen on the TV
we are looking very very poor.
I cannot see where a goal
is going to come from. So far in the league we have scored from a
deflected back pass into the path of Bent against Chelsea - and another
deflection off Bent against Villa; an own goal against Middlesbrough and
one proper goal against Sunderland ALL THIS IN SIX GAMES against minor
opposition. We are turning into Derby last year - the whipping
boys of the league who cannot score a goal and seem happy to get a 0-0
out of Wigan.
Spurs have lost it since
winning the Carling Cup. Our form has been awful since that great
day in February. I am very worried this season and can see us
getting sucked into a dog fight of relegation, though with the players
we have got who seem toothless, we are going the same way as Nottingham
Forest, Man City, Southampton and others who thought they were too good
to go down.
This is a dreadful season
already and part of me wants us out of the cup competitions early so we
can concentrate on our league safety instead. I
blame the board and not Ramos. Why get rid of Jol in the first
place and why not do all you can to keep our star strikers. Levy
seemed more chuffed to get 30 million out of United than getting points
on the board.
Spurs will have the best
ground in the Championship next year and they might have to put ticket
prices down WHICH WILL REALLY UPSET LEVY.
So there is hope of me
seeing them soon after all !!
We need drastic action
now - new manager - new board - and some players who at least seem to
give their all for the club
very worried fan.
How have we gone from having the best strikers in the Premiership last
season, to being bottom of it after four games ?
Whilst no longer being a season ticket holder after supporting THFC for
nearly forty years, I thought that I'd give my views on the current
state of THFC.
Rightly or wrongly we 'sold
out' this summer to Liverpool & Man Utd in respect to Keane & Berbatov,
thus being labelled a 'selling club', which Daniel Levy said we would
never become !
By being 'fobbed off' with
charity payments, Levy showed that he lacked the 'backbone' to pursue it
further when he complained of both players being 'tapped up'.
To lose Keane was a surprise, but Berbatov was expected, and we
should've had a replacement lined up,(he even cleared his locker at the
end of season), but thanks to Levy holding out for £30 million, and
Comolli's incompetence, we lost out.
On the subject of Comolli's signings, I would've thought that you wanted
to sign better players than was currently at the club, but NO, we sign
average or at best players of equal ability to those we have. Take
Gomes for example, better that Robbo, I don't think so if you saw him in
the UEFA cup matches.
This season will be challenging, and given our previous track record in
sacking the manager after a poor start, I hope Ramos has kept his return
ticket to Spain.
Mark (formerly known as