A thoroughly unpleasant experience.
That is what going to Coventry is. More so when Tottenham serve up
a performance like they did on Saturday. The whole team appeared
to be suffering from agoraphobia, as they certainly couldn't cope with
the wide open spaces they found themselves in at Highfield Road.
And on the evidence of Derby County's performance the following day,
they had better get used to it. But can they possibly change their
style of play in just seven days, especially when they have had two
weeks (internationals excepted) to do so and not managed it. For
the next few days we will be wondering what Tottenham we will see.
Will it be the barely tolerable, but
reasonably successful at not losing at home version or the away type
which is guaranteed to lose to anyone who we come up against.
Let's hope we don't get drawn away to some non-league non-entity come
January !! Why is there such a difference in approach to these
games. Surely it can't all be Graham's "we start with a point
and will leave with one if we don't concede" tactics of the early
eighties. He must surely know that Tottenham do not have the
players or the mental strength to defend a lead, let alone a position
where they have a point to protect. He must also know by now, that
the best thing for Spurs to do is get a few goals ahead and pray we
don't let in more than we have got. Of course, to do this, he
would have to pick some players liable to get us some goals in the first
place. Les Ferdinand would not be one of those if I chose the
team. His form this season has been very poor and the
chances that have come his way have been wasted. Pre-season,
Rebrov and Iversen looked good together and I cannot understand why GG
will not play them up front. Even if Armstrong is fit soon, it
could be worth trying him with Sergei o see if they gel. The real
problem stems from the midfield. Freund said he had a stinker on
Saturday, so that explains that, but no similar comment is forthcoming
from Sherwood. He is going through a very poor patch and the only
reason he must get in the team is because he wears the captains
armband. Not that he inspires the players around him, with his
criticism every time they don't manage to sprint like Marion Jones to
get one of his misplaced passes. He should be rested, but will GG
take a chance on playing anyone in his place ? He has spoken about
Ledley King being played in midfield, well now is his chance.
Simon Davies would also be worth trying, as like Sherwood at his best,
he covers the ground between the penalty areas and gets forward.
Also, his passing is excellent. Korsten is another option, but
from what has been seen of him so far, he wouldn't uproot too many trees
- unless they were behind the goal and got in the way of one of his
The creativity is what is missing and
unless a chance is taken with some of the younger players who might be
able to add something fresh to the side, they are in danger of going so
stale they will be condemned like an old meat pie.
GG says the players aren't available, but
other clubs find them and although there might not be the very top
players who want to come to Tottenham, surely there are enough links to
the continent to pick up some classy players. And what ever came
of the management's trip to South America. As much as a big fat
zero as the result of our away travels. There are players out
there ... look and then take a chance. That's what Sol said and
that is what most Spurs fans are thinking at the moment.