Is William Gallas winning over the Spurs faithful?

by Ben McAleer

Monday, November 15th, 2010
 

When William Gallas first signed for Spurs I dare say most Tottenham fans were troubled rather than excited. This is the same William Gallas that played for both Chelsea and Arsenal and a player fans of the lilywhite half of North London would never want to see pull on a Spurs shirt during his career. Yet Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was convinced Gallas would prove to be a shrewd bit of business and, in my opinion, I believe Redknapp and Gallas are both proving to Spurs fans that this is, indeed, the case.

The signing of Gallas is now appearing to be a great bit of business by the wheeler and dealer (don’t tell him I said that) with Spurs going through a defensive crisis. With long term absentee Jonathan Woodgate out for the foreseeable future, Ledley King’s lack of training leading to more injuries other than his knees and Michael Dawson still to come back from knee injury, Gallas has come in as a starting XI regular at centre-back with fellow Frenchman Younes Kaboul who’s game has improved substantially since re-signing with the North London outfit. In fact, Kaboul is one player who is reaping the rewards of having an experienced centre-back alongside him. With Gallas’ knowledge of the game, both nationally and internationally, coupled with his past achievements, Kaboul is looking an all-round better player in his 2010 spell at Tottenham rather than his 2007 spell.

Granted, Spurs aren’t looking particularly solid at the back but with any team that loses their two starting centre-backs to injury (Dawson and King) then goals are sure to be shipped. Yet Gallas and Kaboul are both attempting to help plug this gap at the back in order to help Tottenham press on with the season and through an injury crisis that also is also seeing Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe sidelined.

Redknapp’s faith the Frenchman hasn’t dwindled since his arrival despite his stuttering start to his Tottenham career. A start which saw him lack fitness and match practise has since seen him start Spurs’ last eight games both in the Premiership and the Champions League. Such is Redknapp’s faith in Gallas is that he was willing to make the former Arsenal defender captain in his first game away to West Brom back in September a move that was widely criticised by Spurs fans around the world. In the end, England midfielder Tom Huddlestone was given the armband for the fixture yet the fact that Redknapp was willing to make such a controversial move, no matter what Spurs fans thought, indicates his admiration and respect for the French defender.

In my opinion, I believe the signing of Gallas has proven to be a successful one by Redknapp. He has aided in filling a void at centre-back whilst his experience is helping a young Younes Kaboul become a much better centre-back which, in turn, must be helping Cameroonian Sebastien Bassong in the long run as well. However, I don’t believe he has won over the Spurs fans as of yet. The fact that Spurs travel the short distance to The Emirates stadium on Saturday on the other hand gives Gallas the chance to win the hearts of the Tottenham fans around the world especially if he were to score against his former employers.

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  • Mal…

    No.

  • Jill

    No he hasn’t won me over. Once upon a time (Chelsea days) He was a really good player. But not any more. Far too many mistakes, a large proportion of our goals conceded are down to him &/or Hutton. I would far rather see Bassong and Corluka now he is fit again. They both did well for us last year and should be playing now. Of course when Dawson and King are fit they get to play and then we will see some clean sheets again.

  • yidosh61

    ARE YOU TAKING THE PISS?????
    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

    SO THAT WILL BE A NO THEN

  • Jersey-Spud

    I’m not yet convinced by Gallas but looking at Chelsea’s 2nd string centre back pairing yesterday I’d take Gallas/Kaboul over Ivanovic/Ferriera anyday.

  • Iain

    Those saying “no”, try not to boo him when his name is ann0unced, it isn’t going to help. Until some of the injured players come back we’re stuck with him, like him or not.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    Wenger is not stupid, he knows exactly when to let players go, Gallas was very hit and miss at Arsenal since he cried his eyes out at Birmingham

  • Pedro

    Hasn’t won me over, and not because of his gooner past but because, although he’s had some decent enough performances, altogether he hasn’t been good enough. I still think Harry was right to sign him though. He’s fine for a fifth choice centre back.

  • Marc Sibbons

    Gallas is definitely not the player he was at Chelski but that cannot be of expected of him at his age. He is a good back up player for us when we finally get Dawson and King fit, but nothing more. His performances have been OK, but nothing special. Kaboul has impressed me so far, and he has noteably improved over the course of the season which is a good sign for the future. I still feel we need a top class centre half that we can easily get 35 games out of in all competitions. Act in January Harry!

  • Ben McAleer

    Surely those that said no surely must have been swayed following this afternoons north london derby. Led the Spurs line heroically and put in a man of the match performance whilst ignoring the arsenal boo-boys

  • Alex

    ‘In fact, Kaboul is one player who is reaping the rewards of having an experienced centre-back alongside him. With Gallas’ knowledge of the game, both nationally and internationally, coupled with his past achievements, Kaboul is looking an all-round better player in his 2010 spell at Tottenham rather than his 2007 spell.’

    That’s a very potent point. Despite being involved in the Premier League near on four years, besides having obvious huge physcial attributes, his concentration and reading of the game has been suspect, even to the point as being deployed as a full back (Micah Richards springs to mind here). Saturday however was an eye-opener for him though, alongside the almost faultless Gallas.

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