Spurs and AVB deserve more respect as they edge closer to fourth

Spurs 2-1 victory over Liverpool takes them above Arsenal and Everton into 5th place three points behind West Brom. AVB has been criticized massively of late by the media, despite his side being above Arsenal. AVB has arguably been subject of a media witch hunt in recent months. TalkSportDrive journos’ went as far as to say Harry Redknapp’s QPR would finish above Spurs, madness.

AVB’s side have now won two on the spin, whilst being home games, they weren’t easy games. West Ham were playing well and Liverpool are still no easy opponent, despite struggling of late. The return of Dembele has been timely, especially ahead of a tough trip to Fulham at the weekend. Fourth place is by no means a certainty for Spurs, but they are certainly viable candidates, especially as Arsenal cannot get any consistency, nor can Everton.

Spurs weren’t exactly assured at the back against Liverpool but they are still missing Kaboul and BAE, two of their best defenders. With that in mind we are yet to see their best defence turn out this season. Having an unsettled back four is a problem for any side and has certainly disrupted Spurs ability to keep clean-sheets this season.

Parker is also nearing a recovery which is good news for Spurs. We may see Parker and Sandro hold with Dembele in the more advanced role. If anything this ‘hole’ has been their biggest problem this season with Dempsey and Sigurdsson both struggling to make a real impact at White Hart Lane since moving in the summer.

AVB and Spurs still have a long way to go to convince people of their quality but they are undoubtedly a much better side than people make out. Sitting above Arsenal, really puts into perspective the negative headlines that have surrounded the club, who played some superb attacking football at times against Liverpool. Their trip to Everton in two weeks’ time will be a key indicator of this side’s quality, with both sides competing for fourth. In the meantime however, the press should get off AVB’s back and appreciate the job he has done, at times, under difficult circumstances. Losing your two main creative midfielders in the summer, would cause any manager to have problems. In the circumstances AVB is beginning to develop Spurs into a quality side.


10 comments for “Spurs and AVB deserve more respect as they edge closer to fourth

  1. nick
    November 29, 2012 at 11:15

    Won 2 home games! What a joke. The most over-rated, over-hyped team in world football. And you were lucky against Liverpool. Absolute rubbish.

    • nicked
      November 29, 2012 at 11:24

      Obviously a sourgraps Pool fan …

      • KJ
        November 29, 2012 at 11:50

        Haha, you’ve been behind us for several seasons now and you’re going to stay there.
        You’re a 2 man team. And one of those 2 men is the most despicable men in world football.
        Your manager took a step down to take the reins at your club.
        We slaughtered you for 20 minutes then just sat back and took everything you could muster. And even then we had to score your goal for you.
        Former big team on a downward spiral whose fans can’t bear to see the new big boys in action.

    • SpursJoe
      November 29, 2012 at 11:47

      Ha ha…yep…definitely either a poor scouse fan or a sad gooner.
      AVB has done VERY well since joining Spurs…selling two of our most creative players and then losing other star players like Kaboul, BAE, Parker and even Dembele due to injury would hurt any team but AVB has managed to sturdy a rocky ship and steer Spurs towards fighting for that coverted champions league spot. Get off AVBs back. COYS!!!!!!

    • Jay
      November 29, 2012 at 15:34

      “The most over-hyped team in world football”

      You clearly either meant Liverpool or Manchester City

  2. Bart
    November 29, 2012 at 11:29

    Totally agree with you Amit.
    I can’t wait to see Spurs fielding:
    Lloris, Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, BAE, Sandro, Dembele, Lennon, Adebayor, Bale & Defoe
    with a bench of Friedel, Caulker, Naughton, Huddlestone, Falqe, Sigurdsson & Dempsey
    Not to mention players signed in January.

    • KJ
      November 29, 2012 at 11:47

      You haven’t even mentioned Parker there, Bart. And the likes of Dawson wouldn’t get a look in. That’s saying something.
      Llorente and Huntelaar are both freebies in Jan.

    • November 29, 2012 at 11:57

      Bart, I agree that looks likes our best (and a very strong) first eleven for most games. Incidentally I’d add Parker and maybe Carroll to the bench but I do think that with just one or two more quality signings the squad and the results, would certainly be good enough for top four in the premiership.
      We’re definitely progressing……….. as are Liverpool in my view – they may shoot up the table too if help for Suarez up front is secured in January.

  3. grown up
    November 29, 2012 at 11:34

    Poor old Nick. So upset. Spurs were lucky?? Liverpool couldn’t score themselves and still lost despite Spurs even scoring their goal for them. You can only help the challenged so much.. Such a poor side and only almost 50% more points than Liverpool with the season only just over a third gone!! If Spurs are “absolute rubbish” all the teams below them are worse so SEVEN places below them makes that team?? Oh I forget,unlucky!!!!
    Stop it nick. My ribs ache!!

  4. November 29, 2012 at 16:35

    Injuries have hurt us, as has the lack of midfield creativity. My main concern is that even with a healthy squad, I wonder about our fatigue levels. Roughly 3/4 of the goals we’ve conceded this year have come in the final 30 minutes. That’s to be expected with a very direct counter-attacking side that relies on pace – your attackers wear down and become less effective, your defense has to drop deeper and soak up even more pressure, eventually they crack. I’m not sure getting more players back will solve that problem – that seems like a tactical issue more than anything. That said, greater depth certainly won’t hurt us and perhaps having Dembele as a regular will help the attack become more multi-faceted.

    Also you’re having a laugh if you think we’re signing Llorente in January. No way we can afford him. I honestly doubt we can even get Willian or Leandro Daimao at this point. Our best hope is that Ade makes good on his threat to quit the Togolese team and so doesn’t miss for the CoN. Otherwise hard to see us having anyone at striker besides JD in January.

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