Will We Miss Him Anyway?


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May 26, 2004
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Posted 13th August, approved 1st September

It looks like the Berbatov saga is finally coming to a close. With the sale of Robbie Keane, our dynamic duo that created or scored most of our goals over the last two seasons appear to have left us just as we appear on the cusp of having a great team. But do we need them and, especially with regards to Berbatov, will we miss them?

Pretty much our play last season involved getting the ball to one of the strikers, seeing what they can do, and hoping they create a goal scoring opportunity, and then getting on the end of it as well. They tended to drop deep to receive the ball and play one twos, or connect via long balls to Berbatov that would elegantly control or flick on.

With the new influx of creative midfielders, capable of opening up teams themselves, creating opportunities from deep or out wide, and looking to score a fair few goals as well, would there have been a position for strikers who want the ball and step on the midfield’s toes? We have been far more fluent with the ball in our build up to the season, and the movement of all the players has been really pleasing to see. It is no coincidence that Bent has scored so many goals in pre-season – he is all about getting on the end of things, be it through balls, dodgy back passes or snapping up chances in the box. It is also no surprise that Berbatov has not scored any, as the creativeness of the midfield negates his presence in a withdrawn role, and the pace of our play seems him left behind. Berbatov’s best performance was arguably against Dortmund in the second half, where we looked to hit on the counter, and he had time and space to play the killer ball

Despite their goal scoring records, and Spurs overall high numbers of goals scored, there has always been a feeling that we don’t kill games off, that chances go begging and that on the balance of play we should be scoring more. A Gary Lineker type player, going on from 20 odd goals and hitting 30+, might be of more use in our new system, even if they are a bit more limited technically.

One thing that Bent has over Berbatov is a much higher work rate, and it could be Berbatov’s habit of being a bit static that makes him unsuitable to our new team. Whereas before he was the centre of attention, to work in our team now he would need to improve his team work, and his lackadaisical style could be detrimental to our high paced inter-play. In the end I don’t think he would be happy with only scoring goals, I think he would want the ball a little too much, and spitting his dummy out when he doesn’t get it could have a negative effect, especially on the confidence of the new boys and Bent.

In the end, has our style of play moved on so much that a player in the style of Berbatov would actually do more harm than good? It might be impossible to replace him like for like, but do we, and far more importantly, Ramos, want to do that?


Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!
Oct 1, 2003
I overlooked this (sorry Krafty) but now that Berba has finally gone, it's useful to have a debate about life without him

Please don't use this column as a place to mouth off about the way Berba left - there's plenty of other places to do that

It will be interesting to see how Berba gets on without Keano, who seems to be finding it hard to fit in with the way Liverpool play

Anyhoo, I've thought for years that one of the main problems with Spurs is that we have several talented individuals but we rarely gel as a team and that is one of the reasons we get beaten by lower clubs (as well as us not taking them seriously)

Clearly, Ramos is trying to do this but we must start by becoming consistent

So, will we miss Berba?


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Aug 9, 2008
i reckon we will miss him in the few few months and then we will get used to it


You Must Respect Ma Authowita!
Aug 10, 2008
His departure will have an effect as the one of Michael Carrick did.

Berbatov for spurs made us look a better team, without him we looked average and so far have done this season. Words cant rally explain it, but the way we played and attacked whilst he was in the first 11 is different to the way we do when he is not.

Id like to remind people when we could not break derby down at pride park and introduced berba in the 60th minute, he scored and we won 3-0 in the last 30 minutes. When he so brilliantly held the front line on his own and still made tottenham look like the dominant team when we went down to 10 men vs Bolton at WHL and away to Man City in the the CC quarter finals (winning both games).

His many great goals and countless assists..to think we wont miss him is absolutely crazy..

Aug 3, 2004
But we are not without talent up front. Pavlyuchenko and Bent might complement each other and God knows Berbatov was lazy sometimes. When he felt that people had not seen the glimmer of an opening "obvious" to him he raised his hands and down came the team ethic. In the he not only did not want play for us, he refused which takes it from churlish behaviour to unforgivable. Sometimes a superstar destabilises the team and we may well do better. Give it time.


Jun 29, 2003
I have confidence that Ramos will get the players working to a system that makes us perform better as a team. If you think about it With Berbatov in the side we were very reliant on him and if he wasn't in the mood then things didn't happen.

With a better pattern of play such as Ramos likes to use we will end up playing better as a team and that makes a difference because if one player has an off day it doesn't mean the whole team won't tick.