It’s 10.5 vs 10.5


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In my opinion, both Spurs and Chelsea have done remarkably well recently considering they are both performing with 10 and a half men on the pitch.

I refer to both Fernando Torres and Emmanuel Adebayor as the half-measures at their respective clubs. Adebayor has 2 Premier League goals this season in 16 league appearances and Torres has 7 league goals in 27 appearances. Considering the millions of pounds in transfer fees and wages forked out for both players, I would say that neither party are living up to what is required of them.

And it’s not just goal-scoring that is the problem for the pair. They both appear to have a lack of confidence, desire and general ability to compete at the top level this season.

However, both teams are making up for their shortage in striking talent in different ways. Spurs are heavily reliant on the magnificent Gareth Bale. His individual brilliance over recent weeks has been the main reason for Spurs’ good run of form.

Whereas Chelsea have a fantastic squad of individuals. The likes of Juan Mata, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard have been able to paper over the cracks that Torres creates with his lack of goals.

So, with Champions League qualification for next season up for grabs it will be interesting to see which of these half measures reaps full reward. Maybe they both will!

By Alex Burkwood

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  1. In reality Adebayor has started just 10 of out 27 league games…and scored 2 goals in those starts. Still not great (1 in 5 starts), but he mostly has not been playing


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