Spurs did beat Chelsea and Arsenal on the way to lifting the Carling Cup last season didn’t they?! Now, with what is without doubt a stronger squad, Tottenham can’t even beat the likes of Sunderland at White Hart Lane.
I’m not panicking or on the let’s question Ramos’ credential’s bandwagon, but I am disappointed that we look like ending up with another very average league position this season.
The performance last night was lacking in every way. I know a lot of them were playing International football last week but that is no excuse. We just don’t look like a team and as soon as I saw the starting line up I was concerned by the midfield as well as with Dawson partnering Woodgate. Dawson just ain’t up to it for me, not if we are serious about challenging for honours. If Ledley can only play a game every three weeks or whatever it’s going to be, we need another top quality centre back or for Hutton to get himself fit and Corluka playing in that role.
I’ve been saying it forever but we also desperately need a ball winner in midfield. Zokora is fine as a squad player but that’s as far as it goes. I think Dos Santos needs to start the next game in behind one of Pav or Bent. I just can’t see those two becoming a lethal partnership. Someone said to me today that Zamora and Johnson would get more goals than Pavlyuchenko and Bent. I couldn’t disagree.
Fortunately, we have a fairly easy run of games in the league coming up. I think it only needs us to win one of those to instil a bit of confidence in everyone and turn things around but we really need to do that from this Thursday against Wisla Krakow. Get dumped out at the first hurdle of our European campaign and the fans really could turn.
Hopefully by Sunday’s game against Wigan, the management team will have been able to correct the mistakes from last night’s game, have a bit more time with the new players and get us our first 3pts on the board.