Are inverting wingers the problem for Tottenham’s lack of goals?

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After the frustrating game vs Hull City in the Premier League at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur fans are getting anxious about where the goals are going to come from and are beginning to wonder how many more times a goal from the from the penalty spot will be their saviour for the 3 points.

A topic that has been talked about at White Hart Lane recently is the depth and situation of the wingers and it appears that AVB likes his wingers to play on the wrong side of their preferred foot so they can cut inside to create chances for the striker. We have seen this from Andros Townsend, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Erik Lamela and the forgotten man Nacer Chadli who didn’t even make the squad in the Premier League tie vs Hull City.

The problem with these tactics from AVB is that the wingers are not having enough width which means they are congesting the space for the attacking midfielder, whether it is Christian Eriksen or Lewis Holtby, which means these two are getting minimum space on the ball to really show off their creativity and flair to create chances for the Spanish “fox-in-the-box” striker Roberto Soldado who
has become a regular starter in the Premier League this season.

This point was backed up in midweek when Mousa Dembele came out publicly and said that the pitch at White Hart Lane is narrow compared to others in the Premier League and that is not benefiting them when they play especially with the inverted wingers.

With Wednesday’s cup tie against Hull giving Erik Lamela a taste of first team football against a Premier League team he really had a chance to show the fans what he could do and he took it with two hands and was one of Tottenham’s best players and you could really see his confidence improving as the match went on as he was demanding the ball and dribbling against the opponent with the ball and played a 120 minutes. He was unfortunate to miss his penalty in the shoot-out which hopefully doesn’t bring his confidence down again as after his 120 minute performance he could hold his head high.

Tottenham face Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday and it will be interesting to see Andre Villas-Boas’ starting 11 for the game as Everton both have very good, consistent full backs in Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines so I think Andre Villas-Boas will go for a balance of pace and an inverted winger and with Erik Lamela having played 120 minutes I think it would be a risk and a big ask of Erik to play up against England’s left back Leighton Baines who is one of the best left back’s in the Premier League.

So, the expected duel on the right hand side is likely to be Andros Townsend vs Leighton Baines but then that leaves a question mark on who he will put on the left as the only players left are Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nacer Chadli or a fatigued Erik Lamela and there is only one left footed player in the list of them four players.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. I would play Townsend on the right and try Eriksen on the left. This will give Kane another chance at the number 10 position because he was close to a hat trick on wednesday (one goal disallowed, one hit the bar and one scored). He will score more goals than Eriksen and Holtby in that position. Holtby can play in the Paulinho/Dembele position because he is a far better player than those two.

    ………………………………………Lloris……………………………

    Walker………………..Dawson…………………..Kaboul……………………….Vertonghen

    ………………………….Sandro…………………….Holtby…………………………………….

    Townsend……………………………Kane………………………………………….Eriksen

    …………………………………………Soldado…………………………………………………..

    • I disagree Andy because this team here is basically a 4-4-2. Kane is a forward so it's not natural for him to drop in when we haven't got the ball and if we're looking for width, we won't get it from Eriksen who will drift inside. You're also asking a lot of Sandro because he will have to cover Holtby who likes to support the forwards whereas Dembele/Paulinho like to get on the ball from deep and start play. Sandro's job on Sunday should be stopping the service into Lukaku and that's how we can win the game.

  2. We should play Lennon on the right and Townsend on the left and make the pass fullbacks and get to the byeline this will force defences to spread to assist their fullbacks and when crosses come in more room for us to score. Having both wingers keep cutting in means we are squeezing the mid field.

    • We should play lennon on right n townsend on left. If our midfield gets on top baines will have a lot of defensive work to get through against Lennon reducing their attacking threat down that flank. 2 wide players would stretch their back 4 giving more room for whoever plays behind Soldado (my choice would be Siggy better goal scorer than Eriksen or Holtby). Sandro and Capoue to help protect the back 4 I think would improve our chances of taking all 3 points. COYS

  3. With the quality that we have it doesn’t matter who plays all we need is more movement in the final third of the pitch that is our problem no movement in front so they have to pass sideways or backwards. COYS

  4. We should play one inverted winger & one natural winger. I'd play either Townsend on the left & Lamela on the right or Lennon on the right & Sigurdsson on the left. Steve Sullivan makes a good point about Baines.
    My team:
    ……………………………Lloris
    Walker………Dawson……..Vertonghen……..Rose
    ………..Paulinho……………………..Sandro
    …..Lennon………….Eriksen…………….Siggy
    …………………………Soldado……………………..

  5. dis man plays negative football- he plays

    defense high up the pitch wic conjests

    the play (in an already small pitch)….

    for this we need players lik modric with

    creativity but instead plays 2 holding

    midfielders… there s no service 2

    forwards @ all bcos of this wic explains

    y we r not scoring goals…. & dis inverted winger shyte….pls bring in

    Michael laudrup or Southampton

    manager or I say we hv a winner in

    Roberto mancini- had it not been 4 Joe

    hart he wud hv still been @ city

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  6. lloris

    walker chiriches dawson verts

    sandro. pauly

    eriksen

    townaend. soldado. siggy

    subs -kane lamela holtby Lennon Defoe kaboom dembele

  7. I believe a good formation would be

    Lloris

    Walker – dawson – kabul – vertonghen

    Dembele(paulinho) – sandro

    Right winger:lamela

    Left winger: towsend(he is left footed)

    Play maker Erikson

    Defoe

    Subtitutes

    Brad

    Chadli

    Vlad

    Soldado

    Dembele or paulinho

    Lennon

    Sigurdsson

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