It’s the return of an old friend on Saturday afternoon as Chris Hughton brings his Norwich City side to White Hart Lane. Both sides have a loss and a win from their first two games – it’s probably safe to say that the two teams have polar ambitions for the season but one point from a possible six is neither the way to challenge for a top four place nor do your best to ensure safety as early as possible.
The Canaries were unfortunate to meet a goal crazy Fulham on the opening day and then only draw with QPR last week despite having the better of the game. Holt and Morison are yet to get going, Hoolahan hasn’t played, new signing Bassong has also yet to feature and Norwich are more of a known quantity this season which will make things tougher for them.
Delia has decided not to join in with the general throwing of money around that seems to be in vogue with the aforementioned Cameroonian, beanpole Michael Turner and the skilful Robert Snodgrass the only signings of note (that I’m aware of). They managed to cling on to the unhappy Grant Holt though which I’m sure they’re pleased with.
The news that the fragile Kaboul is out until next year had a sort of inevitability about it after Michael Dawson’s hokey-cokey with QPR. It leaves us looking vulnerable in the middle. Vertonghen and Gallas I guess are the most likely pairing at the weekend though it wouldn’t be a shock to see Caulker given his debut. Either way Holt and Morison are likely to be licking their lips if they saw the run around that big strong boy Lukaku gave us last week.
In front of them, Villas-Boas will no doubt have another tinker as he looks for a way to get the goals flowing. Sadly, it appears that VdV is Germany bound which leaves Lennon, Bale, Dembele, Defoe, Adebayor and Sigurdsson. He could play all of them… unlikely though. How about Adebayor to start in front of Bale, Lennon & Dembele with Sandro and Livermore doing the high line donkey work and Siggy and Defoe on the bench?
Whatever combination takes the field, taking whatever chances come their way will be key. Anything less than a win may cause some restless nights in the Levy household and will have the press hounds thinking they smell Portuguese blood. Whatever the result though, it’s too early to get excited.
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