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For Tottenham the season starts now. It’s over to AVB.

Posted on September 11, 2013 by Scraggs

At long last we can all get back to the serious business of the Premier League, the transfer season is now behind us and with it the disruptive influences of Real Madrid and Gareth Bale, that episode is now behind us. The international break is over and at long last AVB and his coaching team can go about working with the squad and building teamwork.

When the squad next meets up every new signing will be present and the real work will begin, by now we have already seen the names of the players nominated by Tottenham supplemented by some very impressive U21 recruits and the real work begins. AVB has so many quality players from which to choose that he will have several permutations available which he needs to perfect for each forthcoming fixture.

Having a couple of home games coming up next week you would hope that the offensive nature of the team will have a chance to blossom and being that the second fixture on Thursday is part of the UEFA Cup proper there is every chance that all the new recruits will have made their home debuts by the end of next week. We have already seen four debuts and so it just leaves the appearances of Lamela, Eriksen and Chiriches to complete the set. Unless any of the players picked up a knock in yesterday’s round of internationals the only injury concern will be Etienne Capoue who is scheduled to return on the 24th September, even Aaron Lennon will this week return to training following injury.

If we all thought it difficult enough to second guess the starting eleven before just imagine the difficulty now, the pressure on AVB must be incredible, the club have backed him to the tune of £105m in transfers and almost double that in wage deals, his preferred choice of Franco Baldini was employed as Director of Football and now the onus is entirely upon him to produce a team to achieve the success craved.

After the two home fixtures come two difficult away games with Cardiff in the league, a real banana skin, followed by Villa in the Capital One Cup and then the one we all want to see, Tottenham v Chelsea, Villas-Boas v Mourinho, the pupil v the teacher, no pressure then.

It took until November last year before everybody at Tottenham was singing from the same songsheet but it should be different this time around, AVB has a nucleus of players that know him and the system while many of the new players are used to the system and formations he will use, already the team are four points ahead of last seasons total from three games and the future looks encouraging.

Last year Tottenham played Norwich at home at about the same time and in all fairness struggled to draw despite taking the lead, a late goal brought Norwich an equaliser and those late goals became a recurring theme until after the away game at Everton, AVB solved the problem and the only goal conceded in the last ten minutes after that was the penalty at Anfield. A position of vulnerability toward the end of games became a period of strength as the team started to score late goals to win points and games.

This weekend we return to the real business as the league gets back underway and we cannot wait.





2 to “For Tottenham the season starts now. It’s over to AVB.”

  1. I hope our new signings can create some goals in the the next few games. i have been quite worried about the lack of creativity and goals from open play at the start of the season.

    • Tony says:

      Time together is all that is needed, possession has not been a problem it’s just the final ball and the movement of the offensive players that needs refining.

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