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Tottenham in safe hands with AVB.

Posted on May 18, 2013 by Tony

Check out the stats Tottenham lost 6 of their fixtures from the first 16 games of the season, a period which included the loss of Van de Vaart, Modric Younes Kaboul and Ledley King, while Lloris, Dembele, Dempsey and Adebayor were all late arrivals as Andre Villas-boas went about imposing his style on the team following such huge upheaval over the summer.

It would be fair to say that by December and after a decent number of games things started to click into place and results followed, during the following 21 games Tottenham have suffered just 2 defeats a 3-2 reversal away to Liverpool which was really the result of a couple of poor defensive mistakes as Tottenham mainly bossed the game. A home fixture to Fulham was their only other defeat which was the result of a poor Tottenham performance and a professional performance from Martin Jol’s team.

After 16 games the four teams currently above Tottenham in the table had lost 3, 1, 3 and 4 respectively and that now stands at 5, 5, 7 and 7. Since the 9th December and the following 21 games only Manchester United have equaled Tottenham’s record of just 2 defeats and they are the runaway League Champions. That is the standard now being set by AVB and this Tottenham squad which we know still has a few weaknesses particularly offensively and needing to find a specialist left back playing well, For much of this period Sandro has been missing due to injury as has Kaboul, they have had to cope without Adebayor, Defoe, Dembele, Bale and Lennon for periods but have maintained a challenge and taken on all current members of the top four with 2 wins and 2 draws to their name.

Based on the form of the past 21 fixtures Tottenham have averaged over 2 points per game and over a full season can expect a points haul in excess of 80, there is every reason to expect the current squad would start the season far better than we have been used to in the past, it is also believed that AVB will try to ensure that any transfer dealings are completed in time for a proper pre-season allowing for any new additions to blend in quickly.

Next season promises to be exciting, as does the next transfer window, with the managerial changes that have taken place with the top 3 clubs it is hoped that Tottenham, Arsenal and even Liverpool might take advantage and close the gap a little more to the summit. Everton, if they can retain all of their players and choose the right replacement for David Moyes, could also maintain their challenge but I fear that 2 or 3 of their best players might be enticed away.

Whether Tottenham finish with 69,70 or 72 points or finish 4th or 5th is irrelevant in the scheme of things as the bigger picture suggests that AVB and Tottenham are perfectly suited and that a period of Tottenham in the ascendency has begun.

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