Good Week/Bad Week

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    Good Week



    Andros Townsend



    Delighted for the lad for picking up his first and second England cap, and even happier that he produced two terrific performances and showed that he is a better right winger than Theo Walcott. That’s not Spurs bias by the way, more frustration at watching Walcott in the flesh numerous times for the Three Lions and doing sod all for most of the games.



    Andros capped off a fabulous couple of weeks with the crucial, if lucky, first goal at Villa Park yesterday. They say the first goal is all important and nowhere is this more important than where this Tottenham team is concerned. Having taken the lead we looked a lot better as spaces opened up, and Townsend’s relentless running eventually wore down the Villa left back.



    His stock has risen so high that you don’t expect to see him on Thursday nights anymore.



    Roberto Soldado



    I thought Soldado was being harshly treated by Gary Neville during the game on Sunday. The pundit thought our Spanish striker should have been more in the game but we struggled to get into the middle third in the first half, never mind the final third. Although not the biggest Soldado shows a lot of strength and cunning when up against bigger defenders, but when he is so isolated as he was in the first half it’s harsh to expect anything from him.



    Regardless of the lack of service, he still picked up an assist for the first goal and in the second half we saw what the ex-Valencia striker is all about. If we can get the ball to him in the penalty area he will score, and as soon as Paulinho played that delightful first time ball into Roberto’s path, you knew he was going to score.



    Vlad Chiriches



    With Younes Kaboul talking about getting back into the Premier League team, Vlad might have fretted that his football was to come only in the cups. However, he was given his chance on Sunday and played very well considering.



    He looks good in possession, fairly composed when defending, and not at all out of place in the Premier League. The only problem with his inclusion is it pushes Vertonghen into a very reluctant left back position.



    Sandro



    Another player given his first PL start this season, the beast was immense and looked back to his best. He certainly brings a presence defensively to midfield, and you wonder if AVB is bold enough to go with a midfield anchored by Sandro but with two technical passers like Eriksen and Holtby pushed ahead of him. Sandro and Paulinho are strong but a little functional in the middle third, playing a lot of balls the way they are facing, and the issue of transition from defensive and middle third to final third is still something we need to address. But whatever, it was just great to see Sandro back.



    Adam Smith



    Settled in as first choice right back on loan at Derby, winning games under new boss Steve McLaren, and also enjoying the kind of luck that sees a team mate pick up a booking for a foul you committed, before you pick up your own later on that should have seen your team down to ten men.



    Bad Week



    Erik Lamela



    With Aaron Lennon’s return from injury, Lamela drops another place down the pecking order, something I expect the Argentine did not consider when he moved from Roma.



    Jemain Defoe



    Back to bench duties, you don’t feel he’ll get another chance in the league for a long time. His England prospects are also on the slide and you, me and Jermain himself will wonder if goals in Europe and the cups will be enough to convince Hodgson he is worth taking to Brazil. I think he may end up disappointed.
     
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Discussion in 'Columns' started by Krafty, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Insomnia
    love this column, thanks
  2. bigspurs
    All he had to do was score that open goal against the Spam...

    I still think Defoe and Soldado can play together in certain home games against teams that park the bus.
  3. TottenhamMattSpur
    The only reason Chiriches pushed Vertonghen out left was because we don't have a left back.

    If we did he'd either be on the bench or pushing Dawson on to it.
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  5. kr1978
    Unfortunately for Defoe he blew his chance in the west ham debacle and is going to struggle for the big games now, can see him looking for a move in January as he will want/need first team football with the World Cup coming up, especially if we bring in another forward.
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  6. Hot$pur4Life
    Ok... But who do you drop fork the midfield?
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  7. yid-down-under
    Unfortunately you're probably right, but he was not the only spurs player to have a shocker versus west ham.

    I still think he's at his best in the 'super sub' role.

    Regarding England, I think if he scoring in the cups that WILL be enough to take him to the World Cup. England aren't blessed with loads strikers at the moment and they only was I can see it not happening is if Carroll returns from injury and hits form.
  8. UncleBuck
    Hmmmm, lost track of the Amount of weeks Townsend has featured in 'the good' column...it's so hard to not make a comparison to bale this time last season.
    hope to see JD, lamela and Lennon get a full 90 on Thursday.
    Good to see us get three points and keep another clean sheet straight away......loving our bouncebackability...
  9. TheChosenOne

    Lots of Hollywood shots, the man has great skill but a nice dinked pass now and again would be a nice variation in his game.
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