Now The Dust Has Settled

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Not the start to our home campaign that was warranted on the evidence of the excellent first hour against Stoke, when a 4-0 lead would not have been a great surprise. However, the last 30 minutes will be of extreme concern. Once our talisman, Harry Kane was withdrawn and replaced by the totally ineffective Erik Lamela, Spurs seemed to retreat 10 yards allowing an up till then poor`Stoke side to gain the upper hand for pretty much the rest of the game. In truth, they looked like nicking an unlikely win given the fear that seemed to grip Spurs`after the awarding of that rather soft penalty. Poch’s substitutions have always been a cause for concern to many fans and surely Delle Alli instead of Lamela was a better option yesterday. Like Soldado, I want Lamela to do well, but a few more games like yesterday and I fear for his Spurs future.

It will be interesting to see where Clinton N’Jie slots in. As a striker or pacy wide man ?. Does anyone know his best position yet ?. One thing is sure, we need at least one more striker on the books quickly. Not to have a striker on the bench yesterday was asking for trouble, which as we now know to our cost arrived the minute Harry Kane went off..

Its early days and with the Transfer Window still open, we all wish for a pleasant surprise or two before September 1st. The cloud on the horizon is Levy’s reluctance to deal early and if we miss the boat this time, then there are going to be some very disgruntled Spurs fans out there.

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  1. Perhaps the positive about playing Lamela out of position is the clarity that striker support is a necessity.
    Hernandez, Berahino, Austin, Batshuiya – Pick one and let's get him here. We were not wise to wait on the Soldado move before acquiring another striker and there is no point to waiting to see if Ade goes. In any event, he is gone from Spurs.

  2. Spurs need some proper wide men. Yesterday Erikson, Chadli & Dembele crowded the middle of the pitch and we had nothing out wide

  3. Yes we could have been 4 up but Stoke also missed two sitters, Diouf. It was worrying our shaky we were with crosses into the box. Lamella is a waste of time really is please sell him. Stupid substitution.

    We have a very good young side in the amking but are crying out for a midfield general and IMO captain. We will not challenge for top 4 this season and that does not worry me, what I want see is progression throughout the season.

  4. Had the first half ended 3-2 to Stoke it wouldn't have been unfair. That it ended 2-2 was a relief really. So much to point to that was awful, amongst 60 minutes of what looked like dominance on the surface.

    It is going to be a long season because Harry isn't going to get 21 PL goals again. We do have to hope that a good striker comes in and contributes at least 20 goals if we are going to get an EL spot.


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