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Another must win game for Tottenham.

Posted on December 06, 2013 by Guest Writer

Tottenham travel to Sunderland on Saturday in search of another three points against the club propping up the league table but willing to scrap every inch of the way, since Gus Poyet has taken over results and performances have improved and they were only narrowly defeated by 4-3 to Chelsea on Wednesday. Tottenham on the other hand did well against Manchester United and followed that up with another away win at Fulham in what turned into a real scrap, as a result of you might have expected the pressure to have eased a little on AVB but you would be wrong, now it is being reported that he might have just seven more games to save his job, no pressure there then.

It is probably clear by now that AVB is a million miles from losing the dressing room as some media outlets have been reporting, Vertonghen, Dembele and Holtby are just some of the players supposedly unhappy with their coach but they and other members of the squad have vehemently denied such accusations and given him their 100% support.

So the battle goes on, not just for points but for a style and fluency that the quality of player that Tottenham possess can deliver, players like Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela have quality written all over them, Soldaldo knows where the goal is as he has scored more than twenty in each of his last three seasons while Lamela is a potential star of the future, Paulinho is continually written off because of his failure to convert chances but he keeps getting on the end of such situations and will surely turn the corner soon.

Fortunately the small percentage of Tottenham supporters, so vociferous before the Tromso game, have been relatively quiet following two wins and a draw but defeat against the bottom club will see their return.

For tomorrows game it seems that Jan Vertonghen is unlikely to offer the cover he provides at left back following his late injury, apparently Danny Rose has now returned to training but is at least a week away from being ready to start which will surely mean a chance for Naughton or Fryers to step in.

As mentioned earlier there are media stories that AVB will be judged by the Tottenham Board based upon results in December and the next seven games, it seems that they have been spooked by the terrible result at Manchester City, disappointment at the failure of the seven new signings to hit the ground running and force the team higher up the table and concern that AVB has not switched to a 4 4 2 system that some at the club apparently believe might help the strikers.

All of these issues are quite ludicrous in my opinion, the defeat at City was awful but was the result of some terrible and unexpected individual errors rather than tactics and it was a fate suffered by every visitor to the Etihad so far this season. Apart from the injury issues that some of the new signings have suffered it is impossible to believe that the hierarchy would expect them all to have settled so quickly and the suggestion that the club have invested this huge amount on new players believing they would have such an immediate impact is impossible to believe. The spend was authorised to improve the depth of the squad, to build for the future and to try to replace such a massive loss as Gareth Bale, when everybody had dismissed Tottenham as challengers once Bale had been sold what has now changed? 442 really, it is probably fair to say that the thought of Soldado and Defoe as the two forwards in such a formation just would not work, two forwards who like to play on the shoulder of the last man, run the channels and make very similar movements would simply leave the team short in other areas especially against teams set up with five in midfield, as they all surely would faced with the tactic. Adebayor is the only forward in Tottenham’s ranks that would suit the formation if the switch was needed and in all honesty has he ever been fit this season? he came on for twenty minutes against City and has been injured most of the time since.

No matter what happens tomorrow it seems certain that AVB will not be over the worst of this current crisis until a long run of positive results have been achieved and the club are back in contention for a top four spot, fortunately the players and fans now seem to be in his court and a siege mentality is being fostered.




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