A welcomed return for Daws, who dealt with the aerial threat from Stoke as we all knew he would. The only problem was that, as the game wore on, and we struggled to penetrate, Daws had to become more expressive with his passing. As, understandably, that isn’t a strength of his game, we saw a few misplaced passes, but overall I think Daws has proved to AVB that he should be kept at the club.
A goal for the U21s on Monday, another appearance in the league on Sunday. With the games coming thick and fast Parker should see more and more game time.
Okay, starting to struggle now. A second consecutive clean sheet, it makes you wonder why no one else wanted to buy him? Him and Vertonghen are two top class players.
He might feel the price we would have paid for Joao Moutinho was extortionate, however Saturday showed just how much we need a real playmaker. Sandro is immense as a defensive midfielder, Dembele glides effortlessly past opponents and has an air of quality about him, but no one dictates the tempo, no one can pass the ball quickly, and no one can really make the incisive passes forward players thrive on. If it is not rectified, even partially, in January then we will not meet our goals this season.
Twenty years ago they may have applauded the tackle, but as it was our loanee at Millwall was given a red card and the Lions lost 2-1 against Barnsley. While it was a bad week, he has impressed the New Den crowd, and it will be interesting to see what Spurs do with him long term.
God that was awful, wasn’t it? What a terrible game. Terrible opponents. Terrible ref. Not that great from Spurs either. If Santa was real we would look in our stockings tomorrow morning and find a full refund for that match.