After being dismantled at the hands of Liverpool 5-0, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas was given the boot. Spurs are currently sitting surprisingly well in the top third of the table, only a mere 8 points behind the league leading Gunners. Did Villas-Boas deserve this fate? Perhaps so, but probably not. Tottenham’s problems started the moment they let their ace Gareth Bale leave for Madrid in the most expensive transfer of all time. Bale’s loss sent seismic reactions through the Spurs camp, and those aftershocks are still being felt today. Losing a player of his caliber is devastating, and the Spurs have not been able to bring in a goal scorer who can remotely match Bale’s production.
A thrilling game at the Stadium of Light saw Sunderland eventually succumb to a 3-4 defeat at the hands of Chelsea. A fine strike from Jozy Altidore, as well as goals from captain John O’Shea and Phil Bardsley, who also scored an own goal, saw Gus Poyet’s side push Chelsea all the way before coming up slightly short. Sunderland fans will have taken heart from what was a much-improved performance though ahead of Tottenham’s visit this weekend.
After playing Manchester City and then Manchester United in consecutive weeks, Tottenham will be happy to travel to Fulham to take on the Cottagers who have lost six in a row in all competitions. But with a new man at the helm, Rene Meulensteen, it could prove to be a tricky affair. Here is what I would do if I was Andre Villas-Boas.
In my previous article I suggested 3 strikers that Tottenham could buy in January to help give them the firepower they need in front of goal. However, it's all very well and good buying a striker but if they don't have a supporting cast good enough to give him a consistent supply of chances, then what's the point?
The Premier League season is heading for a big finale in terms of who will win as the title race is wide open because six or seven teams have the potential to win the league if it all goes their way. Tottenham Hotspur are one of those teams but they have struggled in recent weeks to establish any kind of title winning form after they were defeated 6-0 last weekend by Manchester City who are also very inconsistent at the moment.
Tottenham were the laughing stock of the weekend as a result of their 6-0 drubbing from Manchester City on Sunday, but rather than the players taking the stick it seems to be Andre Villas-Boas who has taken most of it. I don't agree with the abuse the Portuguese coach has received, so here are three players that I think he should drop for the club's next league outing - a home clash with Manchester United.
Tottenham have had a weekend to forget. Their 6-0 defeat at Manchester City will have had fans across north London wincing for hours and the majority are probably taking a bleaker outlook on life as a result. However, Sports Direct News have got some happier, well... news, for the Spurs fans, as they report that the clubs' board are ready to make a move for Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa.
When Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid in the summer there was a contingent of the Tottenham fanbase who were starting to sweat in terms of how they replace him. Instead of splashing the whole lot on one player, Andre Villas-Boas decided to spread it across a number of outlets - one of those being Roberto Soldado, who has caused mixed emotions in north London.
Tottenham are having a positive season so far, but there are a few areas that they could improve on, in my opinion. They have started the campaign in a solid fashion, conceding just six league goals, and sit just five points off top spot. But they are struggling at the other end, despite big money signing Roberto Soldado coming into the club in the summer. Andre Villas-Boas' side have scored just nine league goals, more than three times less than Manchester City have scored (28).
Tottenham have had a mixed start to the new Premier League season but have every right to be excited for the rest of it. Here are three things that Spurs have taught us this term so far.
Tottenham spent a huge amount of money in the summer to compensate for losing Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, but it has been one of the players who was already at White Hart Lane that has caught my attention this season.