Following the West Ham defeat we have been given time to ‘lick our wounds’ and reflect on just what went wrong. Personally I was disappointed by AVB’s lack of initiative following the first 45 minutes. The array of talent sitting on our substitutes bench was awesome and they must have been desperate to get on the pitch and play. I fully appreciate the ‘bedding in’ theory when new players join but sometimes needs dictate otherwise.
Roy Hodgson surprised everyone (except every Spurs supporter) with his selection of Andros Townsend and just look how the guy repaid his trust…he had a fantastic debut and must surely play on Tuesday against Poland. These are moments managers look back on either with regret or pride but at least a bold decision was made.
This is what worries me with AVB…his predictability in team and substitute selection. I’d just like him to now and again throw a little caution to the wind and do something daring (To Dare Is To Do). Give the opposition something to think about when making substitutions rather than do as is expected.
Soldado, Lamela, Eriksen, Paulinho, Capoue, Chiriches, Chadli…..we were all slobbering at the mouth a few weeks ago after these guys joined at the thought of what they could do to our main title contenders. Last match I watched most of them sit on a bench for over an hour ?????
There is a fine line between taking a cautious approach and being foolhardy but somewhere in the middle is a place where chances are given to young and exciting talent and it is rewarded with performances like Andros produced on Friday. I strongly recommend AVB tries to find it….and soon !!
The next two matches and the teams selected will show whether he has that boldness.Follow @TrfficTottenham