The Stamford Bridge hoodoo continued for Spurs at the weekend after a miserable 4-0 defeat, made worse as 3 of the goals were down to individual errors and the fourth a very questionable decision by referee Michael Oliver, resulting in Younes Kaboul receiving his marching orders. The fact that Kaboul’s card was rescinded during the week provides little in the way of solace after a disastrous day at the Bridge.
However, anyone that watched Tim Sherwood’s post-match interview realised that it wouldn’t be the match result that grabbed the headlines in Sunday’s papers; rather it would be Sherwood’s incendiary comments about his players and indeed, the club as a whole that would be screaming from both tabloids and broadsheets alike. Among some of his comments he accused his players of being “too nice” and said that his team were “way off” fourth place in the Premier League. Sherwood followed this up on Monday by saying that he has no idea of whether he will be still in a job come the summer adding that “the silence from Daniel Levy is deafening”. His views have divided opinion among fans and pundits alike, so was he out of order in criticising his own club and players or has he hit the nail on the head and just emphasised what we spurs fans have been thinking over the course of this season?
- Lloris - 7 Our goalkeeper had a lot to do in the first half an hour, with Swansea creating a lot of chances after a slow and unstable start. For the rest of the match, he was largely untroubled.
- Walker - 8.0 One of our stand-out players today. When he bursts down that right wing, he not only creates width – he creates chances, setting up the own goal and troubling Ben Davies all day. With form like this, he is a world cup starter.
- Dawson - 6.0 Dawson was competent today, but was caught out when pressured by the excellent Bony, giving the Ivorian too much space for their goal.
- Chiriches - 8.5 He has arguably been our best signing this summer, certainly being the most consistent. He has the ability to challenge for the ball, win the ball, retain the ball and recycle possession; this is rare in English football, where defenders are discouraged from exercising ball skills.
The January transfer window has opened again. To some fans, it sends in a breath of fresh air, a sub-plot to a turbulent and unrelenting season. To others, it is a pain, an annoying gimmick that we quickly become sick of after hearing Jim White’s voice too many times on Sky Sports News. The window has offered entertainment in the past, notably in the forms of Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35m, or Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50m, or even Ryan Nelsen to Spurs on a free. True, it gives fans something to discuss other than results and managers, and for that, the window is a breath of fresh air. However, it has and will continue to be an outlet for panic signings and forced transfers, causing instability and disruption.
The key questions are these: What is this transfer window to Tottenham and Tim Sherwood? How and where can we improve our squad? Who should stay and who should go? The time has come to discuss.
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Posting for the second time at SPURStalk, Phil Chapman has his say on where he sees Spurs right now.
Well, what a difference a week makes. 7 points out of nine have reduced the pressure on AVB and the team. I’ve wanted to blog for about the last 3 weeks, but as you all know, being a Spurs fan, things can get emotional. We’re so up and down I had to hold back from delivering a knee-jerk piece!
So, some good things have happened in the last 3 games:
- In patches we have played with a much higher tempo, and if you think about it, all our success in the last 5 seasons has been built on this style – closing down opponents when we lose the ball, quick breaks from our own half – pretty standard stuff for teams that win things. We look a good side when we do this.
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At the start of the season it looked like Spurs were spoiled for choice when it came to options in midfield: Dembélé, Holtby, Siggurdsson and Lennon were all mainstays last year, Sandro was coming back to fitness, Townsend had an impressive year on loan at QPR and all that was bolstered by the addition of new signings Capoue, Lamela, Paulinho, Erikssen and Chadli – competition for places was going to be an interesting battle.
Cut to 3 months later, Capoue had an impressive start to the season but has been missing through injury since; Holtby has failed to impress when given a chance, Lennon and Siggurdsson’s form have been patchy, Lamela and Chadli have barely featured and there are noises emanating from North London that Dembélé is unhappy with his current role in the team, all this coupled with Erikssen’s injury on international duty this week has made the Spurs faithful anxious to say the least.
This is a sensitive subject. He’s a man that a lot of people regard highly, very highly, chant about, even deify, a ‘legend’. Even for those who do not regard him so much, most still have an utmost respect for the man. However, the time has come to face facts: Jermain Defoe faces the prospect of leaving in January.
Defoe has become a problem. His frequent outbursts to the media whenever the spotlight turns to him has become commonplace. Defoe’s demands to be placed above Roberto Soldado in the striker pecking order at Spurs seems to come out every week, most recently after England’s game to Chile. The debate over his place in the squad rages in the pubs and on the social networks. We all have an opinion on it.
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Premier League Table
# MP Team G P 1 34 Liverpool +51 77 2 35 Chelsea +41 75 3 33 Manchester City +54 71 4 34 Arsenal +18 67 5 34 Everton +21 66 6 35 Tottenham Hotspur +2 63 7 33 Manchester United +18 57 8 35 Southampton +5 49 9 35 Newcastle United -15 46 10 35 Stoke City -10 44 11 35 Crystal Palace -13 43 12 35 West Ham United -10 37 13 35 Swansea City -4 36 14 33 Hull City -6 36 15 34 Aston Villa -14 35 16 33 West Bromwich Albion -11 33 17 34 Norwich City -27 32 18 35 Cardiff City -34 30 19 35 Fulham -42 30 20 34 Sunderland -24 29