Spurs – a side on the brink…

by Michael Wade

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Spurs are a team on the brink – of greatness. The side are challenging on domestic and European fronts with unprecedented success for a team with such little experience of doing so.

Harry Redknapp doesn’t have the European prowess of Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex Ferguson but he has overseen his team’s beginning to life in European competition with a startling ease.

They have recorded four wins in seven games after playing in the Champions League taking an impressive total of 13 points from 21.

Much is made of the squad Harry has at his disposal being one of the best around. This is a fair assessment – player for player Spurs have some of the best options around in comparison to their rivals.

It helps of course that Chelsea have sacrificed squad security for investment in youth while Manchester United have a decent squad but not a great one. In fact the Premier League looks weaker than it has done for some time, something that is advantageous to Spurs as they adjust to their new life of European nights on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.

The one thing Redknapp is missing from his squad is a top class attacker. Someone for the team to call upon when a goal is needed to turn a game around.

A player in the mould of Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez or Fernando Torres. Someone they can rely upon to bring those match-winning performances to the table when it is needed. A striker with world-class qualities.

Spurs currently sit three points out of the top four and six points off the top of the Premier League having drawn five games. If they had turned those draws into wins they could be four points clear at the top so you can see how vital adding that extra attacking quality is.

They led in three of those five draws so had the initiative and another was 0-0 against Manchester City. The basics are there – they just need someone to finish the job. They have only gone behind in one drawn league game this season and that was for three minutes against Everton.

If you add to this the defeats by a single goal to two teams in the bottom three, Wigan and West Ham, then you can see that Redknapp’s side are missing out on turning losses into draws and draws into wins by the tiniest of fractions.

Of their top five scorers only two are strikers, and one of those strikers, Peter Crouch, has six of his seven goals in European competition and only one in the Premier League.

That Gareth Bale and Rafael van Der Vaart have weighed in with 11 of the club’s 26 league goals to date underlines the over-reliance on the midfield pairing.

With Robbie Keane told last week that he is free to find a new club in January one would assume that Redknapp will be in the market for a top class centre forward to replace him.

He should not fear breaking transfer records or wage bills to land him, as recruiting the right man could lead Spurs to the kind of glory that has been missing from the lane since 1961 when they were last league champions.

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  • Totallytottenham

    10 points from 15 so far in the cahmpions league.
    Hopefully after tonight we will have 13 from 18 (3 x 6 games played) and top a difficult group.
    not 13 from 21???
    Anyway the gist is positive without saying anything at all really. Thanks for wasting my time!!!
    No opinion or information to be found in this article!!!

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