February. Probably not the standout month of our season, especially after quite an exciting January.
We have witnessed at least three games littered with hiccups, slip-ups, and gift-wrapped cock-ups. Still flashes of a team that could come good, but ultimately too many individual mistakes costing the collective, and swinging the score line the opponents’ way. Misfiring shots in the offensive third. Misplaced passes in the defensive third. Pochettino has repeatedly been hailing our “never say never” attitude, highlighting numerous last gasp point-winning goals – great. But in all honesty, if it werent for lines being fluffed, we wouldn’t be chasing games so very often. And the backline is undoubtedly the area in need of serious surgery; be it not for Lloris’ countless bailouts (let’s overlook the Markovic goal for now) we would find ourselves hung out higher and dryer.
Fazio; 6 foot, 4 inches of accidents waiting to happen (and they will almost certainly happen).
Ludicrously slow, inconceivably blunderous, and overall, at best, a defender better equipped for League One – and that might even be a discredit to the third tier.
Vlad Chiriches; not quite so heavy-footed as the Argentine and a touch more pace, but frequently caught in clouds of indecision. An endeavourer at best. Less impaler and more impala – perfect prey for a pacey attacker.
Eric Dier; still very young, so still developing. Beginning to show a sparkle of promise, and has a goal or two in him. But again has an element of clumsiness about him although this could just be down to a naivety. May prove to build a decent partnership with Vertonghen.
Jan Vertonghen; arguably the most accomplished defender in the Tottenham ranks. Clearly has the making of a classy centre back but, as if it were contagious, is prone to costly errors, as demonstrated during the build up to Fiorentinas second goal of the second leg.
So…Is it a pandemic? Is it in these players’ DNA? Or is it just an unfortunate string of events in a short space of time which can be quickly eradicated? Let’s all hope it’s the latter, or we could find ourselves on the other end of a hiding against Chelsea on Sunday, and the wheels of our season could really, really fall off.
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