Spurs are one of the most defensively strong teams in the Premier League at the moment with 6 goals in 11 games, 2nd only to Southampton’s 5. So it seems no further improvements need to be done but I believe the key to exploiting teams with the current formation we have adopted is full backs and on the left flank the front men aren’t getting the service they deserve. This is why I think Fabio Coentrao of Real Madrid would be the perfect play to slot in a left back, a position we have struggled to fill as of late. He is an experienced, Portuguese international who has consistently played in an extremely talented league. Fortunately for us, he is in 2nd spot at Madrid, as Ancelotti clearly prefers Marcelo for that spot. And at £16 million he really is someone AVB and Franco Baldini should look into.
After spending around £50 million on our midfield in the summer personally, I don’t think any reinforcements are required but I do think AVB really does need to ask players where they want to play. For example is Paulinho suited to that defensive role of sitting back and keeping play ticking over? In all of the matches I have seen him in he’s clearly wanted to bomb on and make something happen for himself. Another point I have picked up on is, the amount of times the wingers that are rotated around the team the team sheet, who play on opposite side to their strong foot, like to cut-in and shoot (Gareth Bale-esque) is extraordinary. White Hart Lane the 2nd smallest ground in the BPL and there just isn’t room! Eventually, it’s way too congested and we are charged down. Is this the players’ choice, or does AVB need to do more tactical thinking around the players at his disposal?
Finally, the attack and this is a very difficult situation because again after spending £26 million on a striker in the summer we are in tied 3rd position of the least goals scored all season with Hull and Cardiff – What’s going on? My view is that AVB has effectively spent £26 million on Soldado who’s fundamental game is the same style as Defoe’s. Who is going to be leaping above the defenders? Who is going to by bringing the ball down from the air and playing in others? It sure isn’t going to be either of them. As much as I respect Soldado he isn’t the player for this formation. That is why I think we should lose the 2nd CDM in front of the defense and buy a tall, powerful attacker to be Soldado’s strike partner – Edin Dzeko. At 6ft 4in he certainly doesn’t lack in the height department and with 33 goals in 80 apps for City he certainly doesn’t lack goals either. In my eyes he’s the man for the job.
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