Spurs: A general view

by   |   17/10/2022  1 Comments  [Jump to last]

I went to the Spurs game on Saturday in a hopeful frame of mind, and left in the same way, as I had done against Chelsea and Man Utd: picking positives from defeat but far from despondent. 

Last season, we were a shambles, utterly bereft of shape or direction and reliant on the odd flash of inspiration from our one or two good players. Our defence was a sieve and our midfield full of plodders who found the game too quick for them.

Lampard and Thelwell have had one, yes one, transfer window and pre-season under their belts and I honestly think we’re making remarkable progress in such a short space of time.

Defensively we’re solid, conceding fewer goals and not panicking when the ball is in our half; the midfield has a bit of legs in it, and Iwobi has completed a remarkable turnaround. (Like many of you, I had him out – along with Tosun, Gomes and the rest – at this stage last season.)

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The forward area remains a problem mainly due to Dominic Calvert-Lewin doing his Darren Anderton impression for two seasons now.

As I said earlier, against teams above us in the Premier League, I’m frustrated but not downhearted. In the first half on Saturday, we could and should have scored twice. But at half-time, I was content as we looked pretty comfortable at the back.

The second half was one-way traffic admittedly, but it certainly wasn’t the capitulation of last season.  

We have to be patient, Lampard is building to a plan, and a couple of seasons of good old mid-table mediocrity will see us improving no end. So I’d urge a bit of caution about slagging off the team, it takes time to build: Mikel Arteta is into his third season, and Howard Kendall was almost sacked before he turned it around. 

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Alan J Thompson
1 Posted 18/10/2022 at 11:46:28
I suppose that depends on what "good old mid-table mediocrity" is as at the moment it appears to be 14th and 2 points above the Bottom 3.

While we look a little more solid in defence, particularly set pieces, I don't see where the goals will come from while, like Michael, a lot of others are putting their faith in Calvert-Lewin's return which might be too big an ask given the few goal scoring chances we are creating.

Obviously, the big hope is that this is just the start of any improvement but that must be shown in points won via goals scored and we ain't looking too good in that department.


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