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Aug 262012

After having watched the West Brom game there are a few things that are needing discussion.

Firstly I would like to say that the 4-2-3-1 formation does not particularly work with Jermain Defoe playing as a lone striker. Although if he has a chance he will take it, i do not feel that he is either tall enough or strong enough to hold the ball up and bring others into play. Defoe has always played best with another striker up top with him be it Berbatov, keane or crouch. He even had good spells with Ade last season against Liverpool (home) and Wolves (away) where they both got on the scoresheet. I have the up-most respect for Defoe and his 110+ goals for Spurs, he is a great finisher.

There are Five days left until the end of the window and i see that we need to strengthen in 2-3 key areas;
firstly with the departure of Luka Modric imminent we lack a real creative spark in the middle of the park, Sigurdsson who played well with Leon Britton and Joe Allen last season is capable of a killer pass in the opposition half, nevertheless he is not what i would call a box to box midfielder, for that i would say Joao Moutinho would be an absolute perfect signing, anyone who can stand out against Spain’s impeccable midfield would be an absolute steal for around £20M. But sadly rumours surrounding him have quietened down in recent weeks.

We need 1 more striker and although AVB said we are done for strikers, with the quality of Llorente and Remy being linked and available “for the right price” I would find it hard to overlook. Llorente is real class with two great performances against Man U. Last season he got 17 league goals from 32 apps and has apparently said according to Guillem Ballague of Sky Sports ‘Revista La Liga’ he would accept an offer from tottenham but he may have strong competition from the likes of Juventus and maybe Man city. Loic Remy on the other hand appears to have been linked with us almost every single window. He may not be big but he is quick, very quick he can also play as a winger as he has done for Marseille.

Yesterday may have had a air of disappointment around the result but i thought in general the performance was good. I thought Jan made a good debut with important block to deny Lukaku (who was immense) a clear goalscoring opportunity. Gallas looked ok. But the player who surprised me was Brad Friedel proving that age is no hinderance showing his reflexes still exist getting down low to deny Lukaku, perhaps showing that we may not need a new goalkeeper until January at least.  Adebayor looked tame but to be fair he hardly got a sniff, and adding to that he had no pre-season so he was understandingly rusty.

Although on the web i have seen support for AVB i am staggered by the outcry from some ‘fans’ who are calling for his head on a plate just because his name isn’t Harry. Spurs were good yesterday but don’t get me wrong West Brom deserved a point just for their second half performance. We were unlucky against Newcastle as we were the better team for most of the game and deserved a share of the points. We have appeared to fade somewhat in the second half, after a relentless first half of free flowing attacking football using both wings abundantly. But I remain optimistic that AVB is the right man to bring success to the lane this term he just needs time to do it in.

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