Manchester United are up next for the Spurs and although early in the league, I think this match is immensely important for reasons beyond ‘points’ alone. We got slaughtered at City’s hands. No wait, a slaughter is quick and brutal. What we went through will probably play a large part in future failures of life and ending up in therapy. Oh yes, scars will remain.
However, looking at the big picture, I do feel our Portuguese savior/ Darth Vader (depending upon view point) is on to something. The season has not been all that it was promised to be, the new signings have not quite gelled together and the style of play has definitely not been what we are used to.. but it has been only 12 games.
Harry was replaced because he did not think long term enough..so we got in AVB who made transfers thinking long term. And now we all want his head on a spike after just 12 games??
The faults are there for all to see. We desperately need quality up front. If the rumour mill is true then Javier Hernandez could be moving to White Hart Lane. Oh yes, him and Soldado would be interesting upfront! Erik Lamela too needs time to find his feet and become the game changer we all want him to be and Gareth Bale was. The quality in this squad is present without question. The only question is whether rabid Spurs fans are willing to wait for it all to come together?
This is where our match against Manchester United could be crucial. Granted, United do not appear to have the quality that City possesses but it is still a well drilled unit high on confidence after a 5-0 drubbing of Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions league. A strong showing, a win even, would consolidate the fans strongly behind Villas-Boas and allow the manager the confidence to pursue his strategy going into the crucial December-January months. This game could be a turn-around point for the Spurs going forward.
That of course is the positive outlook. Another performance like the one against City and all hell will break lose. But AVB would do better than to think about that.Follow @TrfficTottenham