A return to fitness, and a return to goal scoring. 3 goals in two weeks, the most important being his goal against Reading, just when the win was in danger of slipping out of our grasp, Dempsey is showing the form that made him such a hit at Fulham. Word coming out of the camp is that he is a really good trainer, fully committed, and while he doesn’t have the technical class of a Van der Vaart, in a way he is better suited to the physicality of the Premiership.
Slowly but surely Adebayor is getting back to his old self. Second half against Reading Manny looked more purposeful, as demonstrated by the magnificent leap and header for his goal. Contrast this with the unconvincing way he attacked a cross in the first half, with his header bouncing harmlessly wide, and its clear to see that for Adebayor it’s all in his head.
The wee man’s impressive form continued, with another assist on Tuesday. His importance to the team was indicated by the fact he was left on the bench for the Coventry game. We’ve shown we can manage without Bale, but what about without Azza?
More games under his belt, Scotty will be hoping we can go fair in the FA cup and Europa League because it might prove difficult to shift Sandro in the league.
Great to have him back.
We all know DL loves a deadline deal, but it is signings like Lewis Holtby on a bosman that show, when the mood takes him, our chairman can be proactive and sign deals with plenty of time to spare. Zeki Fryers move also shows Levy can play the long game as well as the short hustle, and given 99.9% of us on here have completed exactly zero transfer deals (Football Manager not included) perhaps we should give Levy a little slack the next time he fails to seal a deal in time.
Lewis Holtby and Zeki Fryers
If joining the best team in the whole world doesn’t make your week a good one, I don’t know what will.
One of our left backs
Kyle Naughton has performed admirably in the last couple of weeks and is a right back who can cover the left side. Danny Rose has impressed on loan at Sunderland, Benny is one of the most underrated players in the Premiership, and Fryers looks a good prospect. Problem is, there is only one left back spot and four into one doesn’t go.
Of course Fryers might not make the grade, Rose might join Sunderland permanently (regardless of what AVB said) and Naughton might get games at right back, but it seems left back is the new right back for Spurs . Someone is going to lose out.
Parker’s return and the need to give Carroll some game time to improve his development has left Jake in a catch 22 situation. Not good enough to get into the starting eleven, but badly in need of match experience to improve his game, the one-cap England player is a solid and honest professional and a Tottenham fan to boat. I’d love to see him stay at the club because he is the kind of player who would do a job anywhere and give 100%, even if it was just making the tea, but in terms of his career he is entering a critical phase. A loan to a premiership team could suit all parties; he’s established enough to be a starter for a team in the lower half of the table. Not making the bench on Saturday was not the greatest omen for his future, but it does mean he is not cup tied.
Another reason to keep Jake around is that he is a home-grown player, important when it comes to squad registration for the European competitions.
Injuries meant the Harry-Kane started at Upton Park but the lone striker role does not really suit him and he was slated by fans on the Canaries’ boards. By far the end of the world, but Simeon Jackson’s goal in the FA Cup increases the competition for game time at Carrow Road. Hughton seems to have faith in him, which is important.