So.. Harry is, as of yet, undecided on how he can fit both Rafael Van der Vaart and Jermaine Defoe into the same Spurs first eleven. And to a certain extent I’m with him all the way. With Rafael scoring five goals in his last four games and orchestrating a fair percentage of the teams play he is surely a fixture of the present Tottenham team.
Though is this a dark cloud forming? Possibly. Or the developing of a silver lining? For me.. Most assuredly the latter. Mull this over for a while if you will me old muckers. For as of a time, not so long ago, the left hand side of the Tottenham team seemed to be the thorn in our underbelly. That along with the veritable slothfullness of central midfield.(a story happily rectified.) And it wasn’t until Luka Modric and fellow country man Niko Kranjcar allied themselves with an upturn in Gareth’s form, and pulled that rather unsightly lance from a wound that seemingly just would not heal.
Now however, that discomfort having recovered itself. Only for the right side to begin to show some signs of taking that unwanted mantle for itself… Yes we have players that can cover in that position Modric, Kranjcar, Townsend, Pienaar to name a few. Though for me those players lose something of themselves when they are asked to cover there when Lennon is either injured or off form. It is then a position that has begun to cause a few problems. Some fans would like to see Kyle Walker move further forward with Corluka taking back the position he made his own until quit recently. Though for me the answer comes from another source.
A little sauce with that solution Sir?
Jermaine Defoe Tottenham’s newest winger. So what is it you need in an ideal world from your “winger”? A directness in play? Pace? The ability to cut either inside or make a run to the by-line and deliver a quality ball? Yes.. Yes.. And yes, on all counts. But adding to that the finishing of a twenty goal a season striker and for me you have yourself a diamond set in the finest of golden clasps.
Now I know the saying goes that form is temporal whereas class is permanent. Hence Aaron will most likely regain his mo-jo sometime soon. Though there is nothing wrong with a little healthy competition either. In fact Lennon’s most recent rise in form was when we signed one David Bentley. And with Defoe being in top form at the moment can we afford to leave someone out of the team who is on fire in training and a real menace when on the pitch. Someone who in Harry’s own words is “unplayable.”
We also know that Aarons strongest asset has never been his final ball or his goal scoring ability. And though it has improved considerably it still does not meet out a real threat to the opposition. He does though understand that a winger does need to show some defensive responsibility. Yet so does Jermaine.
So though it be my own humble opinion.. There it is out in the wilds for all to behold. Hopefully Harry is one that might get to hear of it… And sometime soon.
Team for Queens Park Rangers game:
It goes without saying that this team is intelligent enough to move into a five man midfield when without the ball. Yet formidable when in possession and has more goals in it that one with Aaron Lennon.(no disrespect intended.)