Where do Tottenham go from here?

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

It was a struggle keeping my breakfast down this morning whilst eating from my Tottenham cereal bowl and drinking my morning cuppa from my Spurs mug.

Speaking of mugs, I’m still reeling from Sunday’s shambolic display at Carrow Road. Like many comments I’ve read, it was probably the most inept display I have seen all season. That is saying something, considering we were walloped by City and Liverpool.

Dawson mimicked a headless chicken while Rose appeared to be off doing whatever he liked and tracking back half-heartedly. However, the most worrying aspect is that three players in particular looked angry and frustrated: Vertonghen, Dembele and, to a slightly lesser extent, Lloris.

Now we all know how important those three are to Spurs’ immediate future. Dembele threw the ball down in anger in front of the referee in the first half to pick up a booking, while Vertonghen was wayward with his passing and just looked as though he wanted to trot off back down the tunnel.

In the second half, Lloris was continually pictured shaking his head. For all that I would love Sherwood to succeed, it must be heavily odds-on that he won’t be there next term, and Levy has a good excuse now as Champions League football is a million to one shot.

Hopefully behind the scenes, the board is working on bringing in Louis Van Gaal. Yes, he is getting on in years, but there is no arguing with his CV. I fear that if we don’t bring in someone with stature, we will not only struggle to bring in the type of talent needed to secure a top four place, but we’ll also end up losing the three above mentioned players.

Having read some of the comments on Spurs-Web last night, it is hard to argue with many of the points made. Many believed it was like watching AVB’s tactics again, but for me it was even worse, and why, oh why have we reverted to one up front after such a promising start with Tim playing two up front?

Adebeyor looked like a spare part on his own on Sunday, but truthfully the whole team need to give themselves a good shake.

The tactics were poor and the bench appeared reluctant to switch things up until very late on. Looking at some of the players on the bench, it appears to me all is not well with Andros Townsend. Whether he is feeling something or, more likely his confidence is shot to bits, only he and possibly the men in charge only know.

Aaron Lennon was one of the brighter sparks but he looked as if he was running on empty with 25 minutes to go and a switch then could have made a difference.

The biggest surprise was that Christian Eriksen was left on the bench. The one man, aside from Townsend, who could have made an opening never got a sniff. Was he just a window dressing on the bench and also carrying something, or has Tim got one eye on Thursday’s Europa game?

Looking more in depth at the actual style (or lack of it!) yesterday, it still grates with me that with so many internationals in our side, we still take too many touches on the ball, lack any fluency and have reverted to AVB’s negative ways of passing the ball back and allowing the opposition to regain their shape.

At this level we should be passing the ball like the top four – yet even smaller teams such as Swansea and Southampton are doing a better job in this area. How has this not been drilled into the training regime? If we really want to mix it with the big boys, then this is a basic necessity.

Having started with plenty of energy and attacking intent under Sherwood, they have reverted back to their negative old ways. Looking at the team yesterday, it was if they had never played in the same side. There were loose passes, lack of ball control and so many of them possessed the touch of an elephant.

It’s starting to look as if they need to rip up the book and start all over again. Injuries or not, those on the field yesterday are better than that.

One other possible factor in Spurs’ performance issues I wanted to touch upon is the backroom staff.

I confess to knowing little to nothing about Chris Ramsey, but Les Ferdinand for me is a concern, and even more so, Steffen Freund. The latter may look like he is Mr Intelligent on the bench, as he is always seen with pad and pen in hand, when he could be playing noughts and crosses for all we know. He wasn’t taken very seriously as a player when running round Lewis Holtby-style in the late 90s, taking pot shots at goal, yet managed no goals from 102 appearances for the club.

So when I saw him on AVB’s staff I was concerned then. I just wonder how much of an impact he is making and whether Sherwood, who seems to be his own man, has any faith in him or whether it was the Chairman’s idea to keep Freund on?

Ferdinand is always Mr Smiley and comes across as a good guy, but he never struck me as a tactical genius and left his best form at QPR and Newcastle before joining us in ’97. Again, do you believe he has a big say in what goes on on the pitch, or is his role solely in aiding the strikers in training? God help us if that is the case!

All in all, we’ve gone massively backwards and I fear holding onto fifth place will be a result.

Where do you think we should go from here, and what are your thoughts on our backroom staff?

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19 COMMENTS

  1. I think you have called that absolutely spot on, with regards to the Backroom Staff I am wondering just how many of these guys are brought in because they have a route into their own nations, Freund must have umpteen contacts in Germany, I think if Italy were the leading nation we would find an Italian Goalkeeeping coach. pure and simple !

  2. You are indeed, as you have written a MUG!! It was nothing like watching the team under AVB because he was a man with a plan, tiny Tim on the other hand is a man without a clue

    • Had a plan ?the one thing he never had was a plan,A,B or any other ,we played bloody awful under that twit ,hence like at Chelsea he got sacked .Sherwood now has the task of picking up the pieces of the twonks reign and trying to put something back together.

  3. What terrible fans are we. Do we deserve any success, when at the first sign of trouble we press the panic button. We are right about where we should be in the league and Sherwood's record is still excellent. Can we just have a little bit of patience please?

  4. It's the same pattern every season….like groundhog day every year……..We get close to the top 4 and blow out at the end garanteed usually by a small margin…..Spurs give us hope and ultimately let us down at the end, it doesn't matter what players we get in….it always ends up with us missing out! Then we have players that want to move on because we are not in the Champions league and they ultimately get sold for a big fee and we are back to square one and rebuilding again! we desperately need some continuity, maybe changing the managers to often is damaging us? I would of thought getting the right manager into the club is paramount but Levi seems to always make terrible decisions on that front. I really hope Levi gets Van Gaal in to sort these under achieving lot out and to get a good structure into the club….if he can't sort us out i can't see anyone doing it.
    Coys!

  5. It's the same pattern every season….like groundhog day every year……..We get close to the top 4 and blow out at the end garanteed usually by a small margin…..Spurs give us hope and ultimately let us down at the end, it doesn't matter what players we get in….it always ends up with us missing out! Then we have players that want to move on because we are not in the Champions league and they ultimately get sold for a big fee and we are back to square one and rebuilding again! we desperately need some continuity, maybe changing the managers to often is damaging us? I would of thought getting the right manager into the club is paramount but Levi seems to always make terrible decisions on that front. I really hope Levi gets Van Gaal in to sort these under achieving lot out and to get a good structure into the club….if he can't sort us out i can't see anyone doing it.

  6. In reply to your post,I basically agree with you other than,Verts is not the player he was a few months ago,Dembele looks looks the part but does he really ever produce anything,Hugo ,very good but to me very Gomes.If they want out I for one wouldnt stop them,if their not fully commited to Spurs then Bye.Backroom staff,do not seem to be very effective at moment,but who knows.

  7. you may or may not know that a cantonese food called dim sum is a style of menu prepared as bite-sized or individual portions of food , not a full a la carte menu , so my new nickname for tim sherwood is now dim sum as his managerial nous is unfortunately thus compared to the full a la carte of say jose marinio, and also dim sum is a very cheap food to buy and simple to cook, so we have a very inexpensive and a very very inexperienced manager in charge of our beloved team, not playing erickson in all our games is a disgrace and unacceptable he is already at his young age a star player in another 18months – 2 years he will be on all the reals barcas citys etc lists for transfers in , i think ozil is a great player but at 42.5m compared to the 11m we payed for christian is a no brainer we got the best deal, yet our dim sum wont play him , let us assume we have fully fit squad right now ,most of us spurs fans would probably play a combination of the following, lloris walker kabs verts chiriches (very cool a calm player and at lb wont have to head the ball so much anyway almost anyone is better than rose) sandro/coupe paulino/dembele lennon/lamela(when he has his confidence restored) ERICKSON ade/sldado(he will come good guys) instead our dim sum prefers bite-sized players rose dawson chadli(a complete waste of 7m plus we have enough winger type players) bentaleb(a good young player but not ready yet )plays siggy out of position every time so will end up gone (why keep him and move holtby out on loan should have been the other way round) our manager s tactical nous is non existant compared to the full a la carte of jose (repetition i know but have to make my point)

  8. AVB a man with a plan – you must be joking – only Bale rescued Spurs last season, without him we would have finished mid-table. AVB took over a Redknapp team that played fast attacking football – the best in the league according to many pundits, and left a team that just passed the ball side to side and hardly created any chances in a game – he also blew a fortune in transfer fees.
    Dissappointed that Sherwood didn't go with a really attacking team at Norwich on Sunday, after all what did we have to lose.
    We need someone with the know how and stature of Van Gaal as manager with possibly Tim has his assistant.
    At present players like Townsend, Soldado and Dawson are playing with zero confidence.
    Rose, Dawson, Chadli, and Lennon are all very average players whilst Walker can't defend and Dembele might be 'strong on the ball' but he slows the game down terribly – has he ever played a first time pass? – he also is a terrible finisher and a poor passer.
    In my opinion Lloris, Vertonghen, Benteleb, Eriksson, Kaboul ( if he ever gets fit ) and Adebeyor are the only decent players that we have.
    Rant Over
    COYS

  9. It is patently obvious that the coaching regime needs a complete overhaul. Nearly all of our players are having difficulty in controlling the ball on the ground, making accurate passes, heading the ball, tackling effectively, shooting on target, taking corners etc etc. We see the same problems in game after game, yet nothing seems to be done to address them. For example, nobody (except Erikssen) is able to put a corner kick beyond the first opponent, crosses to the strikers are abysmal, shooting chances are wasted due to poor first touches, heading duels in our own penalty area are invariably won by an opponent, tackling is half-hearted and clumsy, I could go and on but what is the point? These problems are repeated time after time, so what is happening on the training ground? Probably a bit of a kickabout with (so we're led to believe) Soldado banging in goals. I'm not surprised; my granny could score goals against our disorganised defence. Which brings me to tactics. Our players don't seem to know where they should be on the pitch or what their roles are. What is being done in training to achieve a recognisable team formation where everyone knows what is expected of them? Sweet FA, by the looks of it. Let's get in coaches who will get the players match-fit, work on their ball skills until they can do it in their sleep, and instil organisation and tactical awareness into the team. Other clubs do it, why can't we?

    • Let’s be honest here, even Eriksen cannot take corners!!! Quite what is going on on the training ground leaves plenty to be imagined. I thought Freund had got a great German Youth System going hence his being brought in? The website needs sorting out if anything as the fans NEVER know what the hell is going on hence we the fans have a go at Tim who could be protecting injuries. Let’s have a little more honesty from the Club si as we can get truly behind the team in all its aspects!!!

  10. Where do my beloved spurs go from here EASY sack Levy and sherwood and the mug who bought in the new players this season plus the dummies on the training staff Then we never let dawson/rose/naughton/pullino/townsend put our shirt on again Sherwood said he has faith in soldado then [email protected]@@ing play him 2 men up front AVB was slaughtered for one up front why is he still playing the young kid in the middle get hoddle in till the end of the season finish 7th and start again no europa cup next year let the players go who want too and give us our SPURS back

  11. Totally agree about the backroom staff. Freund was always a strange choice. Did he have any prior connection with AVB?
    Dembele always seems to flatter to deceive.
    Van Gaal looks a good choice but would he be a long term solution given his age?
    Any chance that Klinnsman might be interested in the job after the World Cup?

  12. Really have to ask ‘Do Sherwood and management team actually do any pre match tactic or watch football ???’. We know from previous games Norwich are pretty physical, hard working side. But regularly undone by skill aka Bale double last year, Eriksen earlier in season or Suarez tearing them apart. So Sherwood and team send out crazy line up. Lennon on left, Dembele on right, Ade isolated on own upfront .. Norwich fight for lives, Benteleb is caught dithering and Norwich go on to score seconds later. Sherwood and Ferdinand played game but truth is no English Premier league player have amounted to any trophies in management. Pellegrini has a degree in Engineering. Our boys leave school at 16 and forget how to tie shoe laces. Hopefully Levy will see that Sherwood should be stop gap and end of season a knowledgable, tactician such as Van Gal be bought in.

  13. All good posts. It was so frustrating and depressing watching on Sunday. We're clearly nowhere near good enough for top four despite spending 100m+ Feels so typical that we must be the only club that can spend that amount and go backwards! Hope we finish outside of the Europa league places as well this year. Pointless competition. Doesn't attract players to the club, doesn't generate any decent money, fans hate it, and too many games to play. I don't know what the spending plans are for the summer, but we need a whole new team despite signing 6 below average players (would only keep Erikson), but doubt we'd be able to sell the others for any profit, so will we have money to spend? Not sure Van Gal is the answer tho-surely he's getting too old now, and past his best. Must be some other decent managers around?

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