Good Week/Bad Week

Discussion in 'Columns' started by Krafty, Nov 12, 2013.

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    Good Week

    Erik Lamela

    A first goal for the club, and the first signs of a £30million player. The goal had a touch of fortune about it but the boost in confidence was there for all to see as he slalomed through the Sheriff defence to win the penalty.

    Lamela has gone from a player who people did not even mention to one that people think should have come on against Newcastle to turn around the deficit. It’s important not to place too much on the young man’s shoulders after one good game against pretty average opponents, but then again he was the best player on the pitch on Thursday night.

    Jermain Defoe

    Good week for JD for two reasons: firstly, he broke Chivers European goalscoring record for the club, and secondly after another goalless display his chances of playing have surely improved. Whether it will be with Roberto Soldado or instead of the Spaniard remains to be seen.

    Younes Kaboul

    Back in Premier League, hopefully his fitness worries are now behind him.


    Irrational as it sounds, the introduction of a proper defensive midfielder helped improve our attacking play as the Beast gave us that bite, energy and initiative in midfield.

    Simon Dawkins

    Playing regularly in a Derby side going great guns under Steve McLaren. It’s been a great struggle for the lad (now man), and he will not make it at Tottenham, but the club deserves some credit for sticking with a player who suffered a leg break and at one point did not look like having a professional career. We talk about youngsters breaking into the first team but the club has a duty beyond that, and it is nice to see more of the youth products staying in the professional ranks.

    Bad Week


    On the one hand, we have qualified from our Europa League group nice and early. On the other, we struggled to score despite having plenty of the ball in both games. AVB is being asked the same questions, and the same answer (4-2-3-1, inverted wingers) is not the solution.

    At least we gave it a go in the second half. It was the type of 1-0 defeat we are used to at the Lane – plenty of efforts on goal, keeper plays pretty well, we all go home frustrated – but all those who remained upbeat after our recent disappointments, saying we were still in fourth and kept seven clean sheets etc, can now see the worry when a team does not score goals despite being handed the ball for most of the game.

    It only takes one weak challenge to let the opposition in, and 17 out of 20 Premier League teams are more ruthless than us.

    Moussa Dembele

    While it was Paulinho’s weak challenge that led to the only goal on Sunday, alongside the Brazilian Dembele was worse than poor. Sometimes players are anonymous, but Dembele seems content in his anonymity.

    Sandro showed what a defensive midfielder is all about in his second half appearance. Paulinho has scored more goals in his short Spurs career already than Dembele, and the ex-Fulham man is no playmaker. His movement off the ball is terrible, often simply offering a backwards option which the centre backs were already offering, his passing is slow, he takes too many touches, and his greatest skill – that tight, muscular dribbling that sees the ball stuck to his foot as he jinxes past a player – all too often happens on the halfway line instead of around the penalty box.

    With Capoue back as well, I just don’t see where Dembele fits in. It may do Moussa some good to take a step back, and I am not surprised that as the team struggles Dembele struggles as he still seems a little unnatural in the middle of the park. Perhaps AVB will rejig the side and Dembele will rediscover his mojo.

    The Swindon loanees

    Dumped out of the FA Cup at non-league Macclesfield 4-0. Ouch.
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Discussion in 'Columns' started by Krafty, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. JamieDaCosta
    Well said, thats what happens when people go to the games and see him live rather than come out with some shit based on watching games on the internet or on TV

    There is nothing about him to suggest anything will change as there was an excellent cross into the box at the start and he was no where to be seen.....
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  2. JamieDaCosta
    What is, Soldado playing for us?
  3. TottenhamMattSpur

    5 in 40 odd games for Heskey. Yet all I heard was people say "yeah but he does this and he does that"
    Truth is he did f all.
  4. JamieDaCosta
    In terms of scoring goals he wasn't great but to be fair to him he did hold the ball up very very well and helped bring others into the game

    At least if Soldado did that then we could say fair enough but he doesn't even make use as an outlet doing that really does he
  5. TottenhamMattSpur
    Whenever I saw Heskey he fell over and gave the ball away.
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  6. JamieDaCosta
    Off the subject slightly but me and a couple of mates were saying how good itd be if we still had Modric, Van der Vaart and Berbatov in our current team.....oh and you might as well throw Bale into the equation too :)
  7. yid-down-under
    Harsh man, some of us can't get to the lane as easily as we'd want too; doesn't make us any less aware of what's going on on the pitch
  8. JamieDaCosta
    Sorry mate, no offence meant, im not saying that everyone who doesnt watch us live has no real perception of what some players are all about, only certain people
  9. TottenhamMattSpur
    Obviously not everyone can get to the games.
    But sadly only those that do and get the luxury of watching who they want when then want get the full picture.
    What Jamie and I have observed is how little Soldado does off the ball. He's very static even when play is right up with him.
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  10. JamieDaCosta
    Absolutely spot on

    I had 2 clowns behind me the other day saying...

    ''Soldado is too good for our team, his movement is WORLD CLASS''

    I literally sat there and thought oh my god, are they watching a COMPLETELY different game to me and thousands of others???

    I couldn't quite believe what I was hearing!!!

    But yes, that is my beef with Bobby, his movement off the ball in terms working hard, hustling the defenders, putting himself about and making run after run after run

    There are some players in football who aren't technically gifted but they put in a shift and things happen for them just because of their work rate off the ball

    Then you have people like Suarez, Rooney and Tevez for example who are amazing players as it is but coupled with their non stop work rate means they are getting more out of their games than just scoring the fancy goals, they score the niggly ones and also (inadvertently at times) make things happen just because of that

    This notion that the service is poor is a double edged sword. Whilst the service isnt great the players need something to aim for and someone to play off of and making just 1 or 2 runs (if that) isn't enough, it needs to be a consistent thing throughout the whole match

    As I alluded to before, there were at least 2 quality balls into the box but Bobby was no where to be found
  11. yid-down-under
    I'm also aware of his poor off the ball movement too watching on a tv 16000 miles away.

    Ironically Defoe often gets critised
    for getting caught offside. But at least he makes runs!

    Personally what worries me most is avbs reluctance to remove off form players like soldado and give others a chance.

    He also needs to be more dynamic in his tactics; the inverted winger thing just insn't working at the moment
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  12. SlunkSoma

    Probably took him by surprise.
  13. edgey
    Only reason I put Disagree is because I personally believe if Lamela must play on the wings then he should be on the right, but I'd prefer him behind Soldado with Lennon right and Townsend left. Eriksen has dropped in form of late and Lamela is a natural No.10 so why not play him in that role. We are in enough competitions to keep players happy with rotation, plus I believe a certain starting 11 suites a certain opponent rather than having a set 11 and set formation for all games
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  14. JamieDaCosta
    Haha, is that the new ''he isn't getting enough service'' :D
  15. JamieDaCosta

    Even my gooner mate I met up with today said he can't believe how shit Soldado is, he thought he was supposed to be a good player

    He was like, ''Why does he keep picking him and not pick Defoe? Its Ricidulous''

    To which I replied, ''Thank you, exactly, even you, a gooner mug can see it ;) ''
  16. yid-down-under
    None taken my friend
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