Right wing transfer policy

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How many times did we fail to adequately cope with the absence of Aaron Lennon last season? Well given that we played 53 games and the tramlined speedster started just 26 of them I’d say it was on about 27 occasions. With Bale and Lennon storming down the flanks we were at our best, without one or both we became lopsided as various square pegs were forced into round holes and shoved out wide.

Despite the battering that Bale receives almost every game, Lennon misses far more matches as his delicate hamstrings and groin often fail to keep up with his scampering and sudden changes of direction. His influence on most games was often subtle, his individual possession stats are rarely outstanding, what he does with that possession is often crucial though. With Lennon starting we won 62% of our games last season as opposed to 44% without him, (stats courtesy of soccerbase.com).

The transfer priority must be to beef up a ridiculously puny forward line. With a little over three weeks to go before we kick off at the Sports Direct Arena we have only Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane to rely on. Personally I think a new keeper and some decent cover for Benny at left back are also vital but it’s on the right where huge concern lies and the sooner we get someone in and move David Bentley back down the batting order, the better.

By MF

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  1. Clearly if you think we need decent cover for left back you don’t have a clue, BAE is class and when he is injured we have Danny Rose. So give up mate!

    • absolutely agree with you. There is no need to buy one at LB because BAE is probably the best at this position throughout the PL. Unless it is a substitute someone.
      Glory Tottehnam.

      • Danny Rose aint up to the mark… rest goal against the scum but come on and get real. the boy isn't good enough at top level.

  2. I agree with you about wing cover this is needed on both flanks also a keeper 2 forwards and cover for Benny as rose is pants

  3. Fans are very divided on BAE. He is good, but not great. He is not in Walker’s class. He needs competition and we need pacey back up for Bale. Danny Rose is a championship player. A winger, not a full back. Everybody has an opinion and your dismissiveness to this article is unfair. Lennon does need cover and competition for his place. We need 2 strikers too.

    • For me Walker is still approaching BAE's quality. No one is better at relieving pressure than BAE. All players look for him when under pressure. Redknapp had the tactic of leaving him isolated because BAE could handle it and only occasionally got caught out. Plus don't forget that ahead of him you have a Bale who has gone walked, offering little support. Walker had Lennon who everyone knows supports his full back and covers. We shall see true quality in a different system.

  4. Vetonghen can play LB and new signing Zeki Fryers is a left back. In my opinion, LB is sorted for me. I think 2 top strikers are needed and another winger…does dos Santos deserve a try?

  5. townsend could be cover for both wings – it's now or never for him and rose I think. Agree that Fryers and Vertonghen are ample cover for left back.

  6. i like BAE and with vertonghen , kaboul, and walker with fryers there as well, we are covered. i hope we can get llioris and two strong forwards which we need desperately. also a good midfielder like moutinho.

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