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Dec 182011
 

OUCH!! Three points… But at a cost. With Lennon just beginning to rediscover the form that has seen him terrorise defences so many times in his career at White Hart Lane. It seems that on his two hundred and fiftieth game for the club he has torn his hamstring.. And it’s not a minor tear either..

After another great performance today, this time against a Sunderland side looking to nullify our much admired attacking prowess. Again we dominated possession. To the extent that the result should have been more than a one goal victory. Yet in doing so we suffered a loss we could ill afford… Or did we?

So… Let’s have a look-see. Time and again I hear Pundits talking about squad depth, and how Tottenham are apparently up there with the best of them. And yes for me this is a correct observation.

With both Defoe (slight hamstring) and Bale (ankle knock) suffering minor niggles ahead of Thursdays game against Chelsea it was good to see Pav getting on the score sheet today.

But let’s take a closer look at some of the lesser used squad members who in my opinion are more than capable to step up and fill the breach. With our flying winger Aaron lost and Gareth carrying an ankle knock, who could we call upon to see us through the Christmas period?

Andros Townsend: A quality youngster with blistering pace, quick feet and a good level of consistency with his  final ball. He also has a keen shot and has more than an average goal threat. His performances so far this season in the Europa  League will have given him excellent game time. He should then be more than ready to slot straight in.

Yago Falque: Another youngster and at twenty-one this loanee from Juventas looks a promising talent. He’s skill on the ball is second to none and his low centre of gravity beguiles defenders into making rash decisions. He too has an eye for goal and loves to attack  the opposition at every opportunity. For me his league debut can’t come soon enough.

Giovanni Dos Santos: What can I say about this lad that we don’t already know. He has a wonderful left foot, and great vision. He’s quick and again he’s another that has an eye for goal. However his game has never really taken off at Spurs, so perhaps his time has passed.

Either way I feel confident enough in our youngsters not to be overly concerned at the absence of Aaron Lennon. Even Gareth Bale, as great a player as he is, he can be rested. Perhaps a spell on the bench might even lift his game some more.

So let’s say we lose the services of our wingers for a short period of time. Who would be your replacements?

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  18 Responses to “Three Points…But at a Cost?”

  1. Good hard-working performance from the boys today. Couple of things about the article though…

    Townsend – consistent final ball? Don’t know who you’ve been watching. Tricky player good at beating his man and with more than a penchant for the odd spectacular strike, but his final ball really hasn’t been consistently good. I recall tearing my hair out at his inability to produce a good end product a few games ago. That is not to say he always gets it wrong though, on his day he can show some real potential.

    Yago Falque? – Never heard of him. Iago Falque’s decent mind. Wouldn’t really like to see him starting too often as I don’t think he’s quite at the level needed, but he ain’t bad.

    Gio – Maybe if he isn’t hungover.

    Would rather look at giving Rose some game time and help him get comfortable playing in the EPL, while making use of Kranjcar and Pienaar mainly while we have injuries. Not exactly flying wingers, but both good players who can do a good job. Wide players cutting inside is not a problem with full-backs such as Benny and Kyle providing the width.

  2. We got away with it today! play like that against the chavs and they will slaughter us,Modric should not be played out wide and Rose should of played on the left,well done to Pav for bringing his shooting boots for once,Falque should be given his chance against the chavs like Rose was with the gooners!

  3. I would be happy for Spurs to push Walker to RM and play Kaboul RB v Chelsea. As long as King and Gallas are both fit to play. Walker gives us the same type of threat as Lennon would. Parker and Modric CM and Bale LM. I think Harry will prob go VDV RM and JD alongside EA.

  4. What about Kranjcar? he played right wing in our most convincing win of the season, 4-0 vs liverpool…shame about lennon but kranjcar is more than capable of filling his boots, and he looked sharp against shamrock

  5. Yago Falque? – Never heard of him. Iago Falque’s decent mind. Wouldn’t really like to see him starting too often as I don’t think he’s quite at the level needed, but he ain’t bad.

    Gio – Maybe if he isn’t hungover.

    Would rather look at giving Rose some game time and help him get comfortable playing in the EPL, while making use of Kranjcar and Pienaar mainly while we have injuries. Not exactly flying wingers, but both good players who can do a good job. Wide players cutting inside is not a problem with full-backs such as Benny and Kyle providing the width.

  6. Pace will beat Chelsea, i would go for Walker rm or Dos santos.

  7. I agree pace is what’s needed to beat Chelsea. Walker on the right wing makes sense. Possibly Townsend to replace Bale if he does not make it? What is going on in training? First Ledders injured and now Bale and Defoe.

  8. We didnt get away with nothing today. We defended well, grinded out the result and got the 3 points. Thats all that matters. Against Chelsea, Defoe and Bale will probably be back. We go 4-4-2- Fridel, King, Gallas,Assou-ekettto,Walker, Parker Modric, van der Vaart, Bale, Defoe and Adebayor. The game against Chelsea is so important- we really need the 3 points because we could potencially create an 8 point gap between 3rd and 4th. COYS!

  9. We didnt get away with nothing today. We defended well, grinded out the result and got the 3 points. Thats all that matters. Against Chelsea, Defoe and Bale will probably be back. We go 4-4-2- Fridel, King, Gallas,Assou-ekettto,Walker, Parker Modric, van der Vaart, Bale, Defoe and Adebayor. The game against Chelsea is so important- we really need the 3 points because we could potentially create an 8 point gap between 3rd and 4th. COYS!

  10. Why oh Why do we play Chelsea wilh an understrength team, fukin pisses me off, always happens, always end up with injuries before we play these Dicks.
    Fick it we will do these Tossers any way

    COYS

  11. Just like at Stoke, we only hit top gear in 2nd half.. yet again Ade missed too many chances.. he’s getting too comfortable and lax.. Sandro s return marked with some great tackles and he also managed intelligent runs off the ball getting himself into a good scoring position.. If Bale is fit for Chelsea then:
    Brad
    Walker Kaboul King Benny
    Sandro Scottie
    VDV Modric Bale
    Ade

    If Bale remains unavailable, then we need the energetic Pienaar who can play on the right
    and cover Kyle going forward.

    Hope we can be more assertive than we were today playing home to Chelsea… Something tells me we will as we always seem to raise out game vs the better teams… COYS

  12. Kranjcar should definitely play! he may not be consistent over a number of games but he does provide a potent yet very different threat to Bale but he should be given the LW, and Walker should take the Right. Get Defoe to come on for VDV at half time if he hasn’t scored by then.
    COYS

  13. Pienaar is not slow either but I’d put kaboul at RB with gallas and king in the centre with walker right and bale left wing. Vdv and ade uofront. Mod and parker mid and asoou left back.

  14. I’d expect bale to play against chelski It’s the ankle he hurt couple of wks ago probably just been careful with him. I wouldn’t b surprised if harry plays him on right to come inside & Target Terry’s lack of pace with rose on left to help benny out with sturridge. Surprised he played king today bit of a risk 2 games in a wk, for chelsea game friedel walker kaboul king BAE bale parker sandro rose modric ADE would normally prefer to have krank on right with Bale left but chelsea will try crowd centre midfield so we need 3 in centre of park pace on wings will kill chelski, introduce vdv when they start to tyre & there’s more space 3-1 to spurs

  15. It has to be Pienaar – although I am not ignoring that fact that Harry is not touching him with a barge pole right now…. The IS a Pienaar match – we need a hard worker on the wings vs Chelsea. NOT Kranjcar! We need someone experienced NOT Townsend. Gio can just be on the bench. Walker stays at RB. Moving him to midfield would make us more defensive. Kaboul was highly unorthadox at RB vs Chelsea last time. Bale MAY be fit. If not, then Friedel, Ekotto, King (if ready)/Gallas, Kaboul, Walker, Modders, Sandro, Parker, Pienaar, VDV, Ade.

  16. why all the comments about shifting players and formations for the next game. We have one injury – Lennon, so we need to replace him – we have Kranjcar, Piennar, who could both fill in nicely – for periods of the game we can move Bale to the right (Kranjar would be better on the left anyway). Moving our defensive players into mid-field is stupid & shifting our back 4 is stupid – we cant experiment against Chelsea.

    A good result today despite the bonehead moves from Harry – we were missing Bale, so simply replace his position with a player that plays on the left (Kranjar), we didn’t need to shift the whole midfield around and make Luca play in a position which he is not comfortable with & then put VDV on the right so we could bring on Pav – why get complicated and play some many key players in different roles. If we do the same against Chelsea, they will win.

  17. Spurs need to play with wing backs against Chelski as they play with 5 in midfield. Therefore I’d play Brad, King, Kuboul, Bassong, Kyle and BAE as wing backs. Modders, Parker and Sandro, with VDV and Ade.

    Bale and Lennon probably won’t be fit. This formation with give us balance, unlike against Sunderland as we had no width from midfield.
    VDV would keep his place after a superb second half. Defoe to come on and score the winner!!!

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