Good Week/Bad Week

Krafty

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 26, 2004
Messages
4,549
Thread starter #1
Good Week

Gareth Bale

He really is looking a world beater now. Two amazing goals, great attacking displays, his move to the centre/floating around the striker is really paying off and he is resembling Cristiano Ronaldo in the way he runs with the ball, shoots with tremendous vengeance, and with 8 goals in 11 PL games, a phenomenal scoring rate.

Bale’s development was always going to see him move inside (I remember writing a column about it two seasons ago) however AVB has addressed the problem of when he comes inside of that left flank by removing him completely from the wide berth and giving him free reign behind the striker. It does leave us a little short and narrow on the left wing and we still have our nemesis, the ten men behind the ball trick, to overcome but with Gazza’s form at the movement, you have to wonder who can stop him.

Lewis Holtby

Two sub appearances, two impressive performances. The German has not only slotted right in, but he appears to be the link between midfield and attack that we have been missing since Modric and VDV left. Defoe’s injury may mean Dempsey is needed elsewhere, and Holtby can come into the starting eleven. Plus he seems really really pleased to be here.

Emmanuel Adebayor

Togo were knocked out of the Cup of Nations, but in terms of his club career he now has the chance to be the main man in attack. If we get the Adebayor of last season then we could go on a winning run, if we get the Adebayor of this season we might be seeing more of Jon Obika.

With the quality and fluidity of the attacking 3 behind him, there is no way Adebayor can blame a lack of service or penetration for poor form.

Harry Kane

Returned from a pretty poor spell at Norwich where injuries and then a rather strange decision to play him as a lone striker that does not suit him, expect to see the Harri-kane on the bench from now til season’s end

Andros Townsend

I’d say a decent proportion of Spurs fans are disappointed Andros has not been used more often this season, and with Bale moving inside it is strange we let our only backup winger move on. In practice, however, AVB was always going to choose Holtby/Dempsey/Sigurdsson ahead of Townsend, so if he can get regular football at a PL team then it is the right move.

Andros certainly did not hurt his potential Spurs career by picking up the MotM award on his QPR debut, making plenty of running and looking like a PL player. If he can add a couple of headline grabbing goals as well he will surely convince AVB he deserves more game time (can you imagine an attacking line of Towsend-Bale-Lennon running at you? We’d end up playing against eight men every week)

Bad Week

Daniel Levy

Levy was always likely to get it in the neck if he didn’t sign a striker. The folly in the summer has continued into the winter, and while we will never know the real story a last day move for Leandro Damiao was never going to happen. Given that Levy seemed happy for us to enter the season with Defoe, Adebayor and Dempsey up front, it would have been strange to see that change in January.

So you can call it sod’s law or fortune coming back to bite Levy in the behind, but Defoe’s injury leaves us one suspension, injury or plain bad form away from failing in our quest for the Champions League, losing a star player, and continuing to play this game where we are always one signing short of completion.

Dempsey will score a few goals but he cannot lead the line; Adebayor can lead the line, but only when he wants to. At other times you might as well play with ten men.

On the plus side, the signing of Holtby shows the scouting department is working to some extent and that Levy will do a deal quickly when the terms are right, but its typical that the final deal, the one for that striker that will take us on that final step, is the hardest deal to do.

If Damiao is the man, then Levy has two objectives between now and July 1st – sign Damiao, and sort out naming rights for the new stadium.

Jermain Defoe

Every time I see that twist of the ankle I wince. I suffered a similar injury (not quite in a sporting arena – I was crossing the road with a load of dry cleaning in my hands and fell over) and it can take a while for it heal, and then longer to get back to playing football properly. Just look at Tom Huddlestone.

Kyle Walker

Never nice to be spat at.

Kyle Walker’s corner

Some are okay, but some go straight out play. Hotlby’s were a bit better, but Sigurdsson’s sole corner was the only one which someone got on the end of.
 

midoNdefoe

the member formerly and technically still known as
Joined
Mar 9, 2005
Messages
2,512
#2
i was saying the exact same thing yesterday, that bale is really starting to look a bit ronaldo-esque with his play. So threatening and dangerous. The drifting he is doing means that its a bit more difficult to double up on him, as you dont know where he is going to be operating...
 
Joined
Jul 13, 2012
Messages
229
#3
I mentioned about moving Bale into the middle of the park in the interim a few weeks ago and got slated for it.... Totally agree with the Ade comments, if he comes back on form we'll be a nightmate to play against
 

noahrobert

Active Member
Joined
Jan 27, 2011
Messages
521
#7
Bale was signed under which manager ? How much was the fee then?
Was signed by commoli I believe, but first appeared under Jol I think. One of his early performances against Man U was really promising and he drove forward a few times much like he does now, but from a more left midfield than winger. Fee was reported to be 5 mil with add ons to ten mill. Beleive we settled early for a lesser figure when southampton were short on coin.
 

JimmyG2

SC Supporter
Joined
Dec 7, 2006
Messages
7,208
#8
Corners.
We still keep banging them across, as do other teams with little reward.
On Sunday we went short a couple of times towards the end
so as to keep the ball and run down the clock.
I would like to see us take more short corners
setting up Bale and Lennon to drive in from the edge of the area
and demonstrate some training ground input.
 
Top