I was keeping a close eye on Twitter yesterday while watching the Leicester v Spurs game.
Even before the game kicked off, I’m sorry to say many Spurs fans were predicting a defeat, most citing the inclusion of Erik Lamela as the prime reason behind their pessimism. Poor Erik it seems , is going to have do something supernatural to win people over to his cause. More about him later.
I actually expected Leicester, after their grandstand finish to last season and impressive start to this one, to pressurise us a lot more than they actually did. Maybe it was the heat. I prefer to think it was a disciplined performance from our defence and holding midfielders that kept the pacy Leicester attack mostly quiet. Lets face it, apart from one Morgan header and the goal, what else did Hugo have to do today ?
In the first half, the player who caught my eye was Mousa Dembele, who in the absence of Christian Eriksen stood out He has not always impressed in his time at Spurs but I think we are now about to see what he can do.
The much publicised lack of strikers was an issue today. Harry Kane was often isolated and it goes without saying he needs support. Over to you, Mr Levy on that one. Do not disappoint us.
Now back to Mr Lamela.Putting on my flame retardant suit, I thought he did well today. It does seem his every move and pass is microscoped like no other player presently at Spurs. Thats what a £30 million price tag brings, I suppose.
To me, Erik is the caterpillar who is taking an eternity turning into a butterfly.When he does, and its coming soon, it will be a thing of beauty worth the long wait.
We have every reason to be excited about Dele Alli. What a prospect, and he is going to be a star.
My main concern today was the lack of pace and the predictability of some of our attacks. Leicester played 11 men in front of us in the first half and without Eriksen, we had no one to pick the lock. Hopefully, Clinton N’Jie will provide some pace when he comes in.
As the game wore on, and the second half became much more open, the Twitter posts were becoming more and more gloomy only to light up on 81 minutes when Alli scored. They quickly returned to normal when Leicester equalised, with many predicting a 2-1 defeat.
Twitter posts are mainly a knee jerk reaction to what is happening at that particular moment and I can understand that emotions do get the better of all of us at times. Maybe I should look at who I follow, but there are way too many negative posts about all things Spurs. We all seem to think we can run the club better than Daniel Levy or manage the team better than Poch. We are all financial whizz kids when it comes to spending the clubs money.
I fully expect our squad to be significantly stronger before the Everton game. Some people will like who is brought in, some will not.
All I ask is that is that everyone unites behind the club. If you are Tweeting during the next game, make it a positive one. It won’t hurt and it will help.
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