Let me start by addressing some facts:
- We are not good enough to warrant a Champions League place.
- No team should ever lose by 4+ goals on 4 different occasions in a season.
- We have no leaders & no fight
- We have gone backwards in the last 5 Years as a First Team.
Capitulation, capitulation, capitulation; it’s getting boring now. No team should ever lose like this, especially not 4 times in the same season. If anybody sits here and tells me this team is a Champions League side they are either deluded or kidding themselves. A top side has leaders, fighters and exceptional players; we have none. This is not a Spurs team. We have little attacking flair, we don’t excite, we don’t tear teams apart, we don’t fight, battle, scrap. We’ve lost our identity. You cannot lose like we did today against Chelsea over and over and over.
Sherwood made these facts pretty clear in his scathing post-match interview with Sky Sports. He knows the problems, but will he get the chance to address it? As romantic as it would be, I doubt it, we need experience and a finished product now to sort this mess out; enter, Louis Van Gaal.
I made the point that we’d gone backwards over the last 5 years in my previous article ‘Time for Change? Levy & ENIC’, and this season does everything to confirm it. I’ve been challenged with points surrounding our greater squad, position as a club, youth system etc etc. But no; open your eyes everyone; if you buy players for in excess of £18mil you should expect big contributions, we’ve had little or none from Paulinho, Lamela & Soldado. Others have made such an impact that Sherwood favours a kid in Bentaleb over them. Frankly our transfer dealings have been derisory. We’ve bought rubbish and now face another rebuilding job; but yes everyone our squad is bigger, and we have lots of good under 15’s, yippy! Guess what: an enlarged squad of mediocre players doesn’t bring success. You have to buy players with key attributes such as leadership and resilience on top of talent; just look over to the dark side- Flamini returned and toughened them up no end.
You can excuse players and teams for making a mistake but the same mistake again and again and again? Disgraceful. Players are making wrong decisions (Walker) and are looking more and more disinterested and isolated (Vertonghen). The fact is that it is embarrassing; I can take losing, but not like this, its’ like a bad nightmare repeating itself over and over again.
Is this a Tottenham team? No. This is a bunch of above average individuals being above average in the Premier League. We’ve gone backwards, we’re meandering nowhere but at least the club as a whole looks better? The club is only as good as the First Team everybody, remember that.
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