Striker light


I’m sat up in bed, had a crap nights sleep, I’ve got tissue sticking out from my nose, my eyes are stinging and I feel like death, yet still my thoughts are with my Spurs.

I didn’t see the match against Everton yesterday as I had to work, but from what I’ve read and stats I’ve seen it appears we played alright? I’ve seen positive comments about Adebayor, in fact Graham Roberts even went as far to say that Adey gave 100% ?? Is that right ? Can that be true?

If so, and though it’s only been 1 game it leads me back to something I noticed when we won away at West Ham.

When a goal goes in at the death you celebrate like you’ve just scored the goal that wins the Cup, yet when you score a screamer from 25 30 yards out at the death you celebrate like you’ve just scored the goal that wins 2 Cups, yet when Bales strike sailed through the night sky and only stopped travelling when it hit the net everyone, and I do mean everyone went crackers, Me You T.V and Radio Commentators Spurs fans watching all over the world and even lads watching in Afghanistan, Everyone, everyone that is except 1 person, Mr Adebayor. I’ve watched that goal a few times since and can’t help but to watch his reaction, or more to the point his “no” reaction, as Bale shoots you see Adey’s body turn away, and when the ball it hits the net he does nothing? I’ve seen it from various angles now and most telling is that Bale runs to AVB and the team also run to Bale, except Adey? 1 angle that Adey isn’t in, the 1 from behind the goal you even see Lennon run across from left to right to join in, he was even further away than Adey was yet he still goes across, eventually after what seems an age Adey finally comes strolling past, almost like a token gesture, like he’s thought “oh suppose I better go over”

Now this is “not” a dig at him, I’m not slagging him off, it’s just something I noticed at the time and it’s now come back to me. So why am I bringing it back up now?

Well, I have a bit of a theory, there maybe something in it? Or it maybe just complete garbage? But what do we all know to be true? we know that this season “all” our strikers have had a disaster, JD started well but has faded miserably, Adey “can” score goals, make a nuisance of himself yet has done neither? Dempsey though not an out and out striker isn’t really getting a look in, yet he’s proved a very good player in the past, in other words “all” decent players that score goals yet “aren’t” so why? Is this just pure coincidence, or could there actually be the reason, as much as we “Love” Bale-Diniho and yes we do, since he’s come inside and no longer bombing down the left wing firing in cross’s to our strikers at will, the goals have dried up, and since he’s come inside although he’s been smashing in goals from everywhere himself the fact remains when he’s going on his solo runs he’s nearly “always” looking for a shot at the end of it, Could this be the reason Adey and JD aren’t scoring? Bales service to them has been replaced with Bale shooting, they do still get chances but the kind of clear cut ones we’re used to seeing them get are now few and far between. Now I’m not saying Adey’s sulking but his body language when that screamer flew in meant something? And I’m now starting to think its almost like him saying “what’s the point me being here if he’s gonna shoot all the time”, as I said before we “LOVE” what Bales doing, but maybe his now lack of service to the forwards and as daft as it may sound “could” in fact be their problem? I’m not suggesting they no longer like him but truth is a striker’s job is to score goals, and our have stopped scoring since Bale-Diniho’s been banging them in from the edge of the box.

If Graham Roberts is right, saying Adebayor played his best game in weeks and weeks yesterday and you look at his goal, or more to the point where the service came from, a cross into the box from the left, the very same left Gareth used to occupy then that could be the cause of our striking problems right there?

The truth is, this is a dilemma that we could well do without. Either:-

Leave Bale in the middle scoring his goals whilst the others don’t?


Push him back outside to create the chances and possibly goals for 2 or 3 of the others?

Ohh for gods sake Spurs, we “never” make things easy!


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  1. Good article raising a valid point and question. I have also often observed dissappointment and frustration produced by Defoe's greed when other team members are better placed, perhaps Ade's frustration had reached despondency. There was a game a few months ago when Bale elected to take a risk and go round the keeper to slot home rather than pass to an unmarked Ade for a tap in – Ade needed the goal at the time for confidence etc, more than Bale.

    I would also like to highlight that Ade IS a person. A difficult and complicated person maybe, but a person none-the-less. A happy Ade playing well for Spurs, is good for Spurs. Ade is the Togo captain, and he plays for them with a huge sense of responsibility and leadership; he has been in quite the slump of form and confidence, and often it appears interest, but if he finds playing well for Spurs more than just financially rewarding, then we should encourage him with positivity.

    • Tottenham and in particular Adebayor are paying the price for not having creative players in the middle of the pitch. Modric and VDV are sorely missed. We have "lost" a wide player with Bale playing more central. Lennon is short of supply. Which leaves Dembele who at the moment plays far too lateral. Finally with the present squad Tottenham are realistically only good for fifth place and definitely Not CL.

  2. What dilemma? It is obvious. Bale has only 3 assist in EPL this season – and one of those was vs Swansea whilst playing in the centre. There is no one to cross to, or able to convert. He may as well be in the centre. Lennon has the most assists with six.

  3. Yesterday's game against Everton is the first time I have seen Adebayor actually play like a striker for quite some time and think it was one of his better games. Normally Adebayor drifts out to the wings and plays more like a midfield player but against Everton he looked threatening playing more as a striker looking to feed off any loose ball in the middle. The only thing that was a bit disappointing was he should win more balls in the air. He used to but now you can see the lack of confidence with his challenges. He used to be one of the best players for getting to a ball in the air and also sometimes even controlling the ball on his chest. I have been advocating that we should have purchased another striker since the last window and I still am and also blaming Levy for a lot of the teams problems with his lack of ambition in the transfer windows. Levy always reminds me of a tramp sniffing around the dustbins looking for scraps even though he has a big fat wallet in his back pocket. What with his continual search for his basement bargain buys rather than just spend the money on real quality. I know you will say Spurs don't have the crowds but they do have money and their net spend is always very low as we always tend to sell our best players to finance new players with no real investment being forthcoming and hasn't done for quite some time. Levy seems more interested in seeing what he can get away with rather than really going for it and I fear this will remain the case until Joe Lewis sells the cub.

  4. I have posted on Soccernet about Ade spending a lot of time on the wings, so you are NOT the only person that has noticed it. He even does well in holding up the ball in those wing positions. The trouble is who is in the middle to latch on and score.

    I guess it's easy to blame Levy and he may share a lion's portion of the blame. The last minute deals drive most of us absolutely nucking futs, no?

    However, none of know the money situation at Spurs and very obviously the Spurs owner is NOT the middle eastern potentate that just lashes money around. I suspect that from seeing all the negativity about Man Shitty that most Spurs fans would prefer to see the team built with more money than we have spent without being Shitty mad about spending.

    What thoughts do others have?


  5. I have posted on Soccernet about Ade spending a lot of time on the wings, so you are NOT the only person that has noticed it. He even does well in holding up the ball in those wing positions. The trouble is who is in the middle to latch on and score.

  6. Some great comments again, Thanks

    I’ve a question now tho, some like me still believe we are missing another striker, I also believe we are missing a midfield genius too, a Hoddle Gazza Modric VDV or a Moutinho,,, I completely agree with Feenix to, I’ve written a piece on My Spurs Blog about our transfers and agree on our Net Spend, however My Question is this “some people believe we need to get to CL in order to improve the side not just replace who may leave ? Yet I’m 100% convinced Levy will still find a way to NOT spend in order to compete” anyone else feel the same ???

    I’m also wondering if Levy DOSNT want to spend then WHO’S in charge of our over seas scouting? Because we don’t seen to be finding anyone at all ????


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