Why oh why couldn’t there be just ONE crumb of comfort after being thrashed by a sharp Fulham team in the FA Cup, having Dawson suspended, having Bale out with a back injury and getting ever closer to moving away from North London!!?? It would’ve cheered me up at least a little bit if Levy pulled his finger out [of his ear] and tried to solve the problem of ‘our current strikeforce have scored sweet FA’.
The FA Cup becoming a FUC-Kup wasn’t a result of a lack of striking prowess, but mainly because we never got a chance! Fulham unleashed wave after wave of attack without reply, despite Spurs’ attacking formation also being present.
The result signified what was wrong with this club at this moment. It reflected us being absent from pretty much every important thing we needed to do to move forward as a team and club. The strikers were absent so we needed a striker!
Usually Levy pulls something out of the bag at the last minute, but this month, he’s screwed up, further trying my patience. The stadium bid was painful enough without losing the FA Cup in the most humiliating fashion and not getting the striker we need.
With a complete obliviousness to Luis Suarez being ripe and ready to move from Ajax, Harry’s fetish for creative midfielders and two half-arsed attempts to appeal to the likes of Diego Forlan and Giuseppe Rossi, our hopes of any further success this season have been ruined beyond repair. The gravy train has left us behind and the blame has to be distributed proportionally.
Neither Redknapp or Levy should be immune from criticism and certainly on this occasion, they are not. They were lazy this time round. Levy was too engrossed in thoughts about the Olympic Stadium, probably more intensely than SebCoe at times, while Harry continued to be blind to the fact that Crouch is terrible at playing centrally. Then, to cap it all off, at 11pm, when Sky Sports revealed that Harry had finally done something, it turned out to be the player we’d all been waiting for to sign for Spurs…..Blackpool’s…..Charlie Adam!!! ANOTHER F*CKING MIDFIELDER!
Absolutely ridiculous. We need a striker to progress but get sod all.
I’ve defended Crouch to the hilt owing to his rather nifty footwork, but I’ve come to realise that it doesn’t lead anywhere in terms of goalscoring. He relies too heavily on service from Bale and Lennon on the wings but not enough in the centre, which reduces more centrally-played attacking options and chokes the life out of our famous attacking edge. Something which Berbatov and Kanoute maintained in their great spells here and something which every fan misses in some capacity, whether or not they think Berbatov was a ‘traitor’ for jumping ship to United.
Forlan, Rossi or Suarez have the finishing ability to capitalise on service from the wings as well as central play involving Palacios/Huddlestone, Modric and Van der Vaart. How one of the finest managers in the game can’t see that this prong of attack is missing is beyond me!! It’s no wonder every fan thinks they can do the job better, because managers sometimes give them a reason to!
My conclusion is that Crouch should’ve been sold as makeweight towards a new striker; Pienaar shouldn’t have been signed; Levy shouldn’t have got sidetracked so much by something so far ahead like a pending OPLC decision; Spurs should’ve signed a better physio and Defoe and Pav should’ve watched that Jimmy Greaves DVD together with Russian subtitles!
Same time next season people. Let’s enjoy the Champions League while it lasts as it won’t last long if our squad revolves around wingers. There’s nothing wrong with being defeatist if there’s some clout to such a prediction, so I won’t give counter-arguments a response. Agree to disagree. But we can all agree that big opportunities have now been missed.Follow @TrfficTottenham