Sent in by a fan
So, I ‘ve just finished watching the game against Tblisi (I have to watch on replay out here in Japan), and I was left with several impressions of how individual players acquitted themselves on the night.
Firstly, it was a solid victory, 8-0 on aggregate. The game was won and over as a contest out there in Georgia. Most of the players that put on such a positive display and hinted at Spurs’ potential that night, warmed the bench or were given a rest for the home game. AVB’s team selection at WHL showed his intent to keep with the same formation he has been working with so far this year. The fact that he deployed a few more ‘second-string’ players to show what they can do within that structure turned out to be a chance for him to learn a few things about them. And for us supporters to run the eye over some fringe players (to date, anyway).
Sandro is back..and beastly! It was said after the 2 opening EPL games that Sandro might not be first choice for Sunday’s game, behind the very impressive Capoue. AVB certainly does have a tough decision for that role for the game at the Emirates. I think Capoue will get the nod. But the potential introduction of Sandro if the game is not going well for us, definitely has the hallmarks of a game-changing substitution.
Defoe..back in the goals and looking sharp. He was chomping at the bit to get a hat-trick, and so nearly did. I felt that he didn’t get the kind of service he was audibly calling for. Too many crosses that went over his head, others shooting from distance despite his runs, or too many intricate attempts to paly a neat ball instead of the through ball. But he showed he is ready to be in the team, and like Sandro, will make a fearful substitute.
Holtby..first goal for the club, and it was a beauty. Lovely strike of the ball, arrowed into the top corner. Another player that was eager to show off his potential. Talk this week of him going out on loan. I think that would be a little premature. Maybe wait til January to see if that is necessary (for his own WC aspirations). It was interesting to see his attacking style. Very direct, and ready to retrieve a lost pass. On the few occasions he made his run into the box, the pass looked on for him, or he created the space for someone else. But, I didn’t think he did enough of that. And his shots from distance were worthy efforts (obviously the goal being the most worthy), but he could also have played a neater pass through the defence for Kane or Defoe.
Sigurdsson..had a face of frustration! I felt for him, after hitting the woodwork twice. Both shots were beautifully created, and his face as he turned away showed him muttering to the football G-ds to let just one of them go in. Sigurdsson, like Holtby was always there in the attack, with the potential to produce a killer pass or intelligent run. But I felt that he did not show many signs of producing either skill! When he received the ball from Holtby, Sandro or Dembele, he passed it straight back without hesitating. He did not want to turn and take on a defender, or look for a probing pass. I felt frustrated by his performance. I wanted to see him put through a sweet ball for Defoe’s hat-trick. I wanted to see him take on the centre backs and drive for space and let a shot fly. I even wanted to see him substituted instead of Holtby. But he didn’t and he wasn’t.
In my opinion, Sigurdsson is not our man to play in the no.10 role. He is not our man to come in from the left flank and drive from outside the box. He is another substitute. But not one that would strike fear into the opposition like Defoe or Sandro would.
My verdict is, that Sigurdsson is our weakest link. And maybe, he should go.