It seems OK. Spurs are currently the third best team in the league over the last six games…behind only the Manchesters. Spurs sit fourth and are unbeaten in nine. So maybe it is all fine and part of some master plan we lesser mortals could never understand. But let us see how we are at season’s end shall we
I know it is a another pile on against Levy, but really we have had four or five transfer windows and our strike force consists of Defoe and Adebayor…neither of whom are the picture of consistency. A win against West Brom and a tie against Norwich, both courtesy of Gareth Bale wonder goals can’t cover up this glaring issue. Now, with Defoe injured and Adebayor somewhere in Africa, Spurs have no strikers. None. Well, none over the age of six.
AVB can say all he wants and allude to the fact that the Spanish side don’t play with a natural striker. But Spurs didn’t look like Xavi et al on Sunday did they? They looked like Tottenham — without a striker. Against the ten-man Baggies. And managed but one goal. How many crosses from Bale, Lennon and Assou-Ekotto sailed over people’s heads; balls that any striker over five foot six could probably have headed home.
AVB is indicating Bale could play up front and hey we have this new kid Holtby…he’s German you know so must be good…to sort of fit in somewhere up frontish. Who needs strikers when you have so many great midfielders? But Spurs should have known Ade was going to go off to Africa for the ACN and Defoe often goes off the boil. So where is the backup?
You could say you can’t argue with success. Spurs are a point out of third this year and unbeaten in nine games. True enough. But it is a tenuous lead. Spurs tried to buy a striker last January, bringing in the goal machine that is Louis Saha…who I believe is now ploughing his trade in the Slovenian third division.. Clunk! A huge lead over Arsenal and third place in the bag so who needs a proper, expensive striker? Well, a colossal collapse later and no Champions League football again. No 20 odd million in TV revenue and a whole bunch of gate receipts lost. Plus the loss of experience for a young team. One more goal and a tie into a win and Spurs would have sown up third. This summer, again no striker.
I know Levy tried to land Damaio in the summer and in January, but he should have realized the Brazilians were dicking around or just ponied up the cash they wanted. Either way it didn’t happen. Levy should have seen where that was going a couple of weeks into the window and opted to pay up or bail out and go for a Negredo or someone like that. Someone who will get you goals for this year and would be a good experienced addition for next.
Spurs opted to be cheap or conservative and now they are relying on the hope that Bale and Holtby are going to get them out of jams each week and keep Spurs in the top four.
Well, if they don’t, next year one of them won’t be wearing a Spurs shirt and we all know which one that will be.