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.