Spurs Strikers Need Game Time Not Abuse

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If Jermaine Defoe and SuperPav were to read the some of the thoughts of their clubs supporters they would either be very depressed or wanting away as quckly as possible.

Unfortunately they are continuously described as mis-firing , goal-shy , underperforming instead of recognising that ,despite the fact they are the most likely to score , they were mainly watching from the bench.

The lone Crouch with support from the midfielder Van der Vaart was the preferred option for Harry Redknapp.  Poor old Defoe even got left out after scoring two excellent goals at Wolves last season.  It must be very frustrating for both of them. SuperPav had the best return of all the players in the squad in goals per minutes played terms.  Yet both knew whatever they did the system meant at least one if not both of them would be watching.

I believe that instead of following the vast majority of supporters thoughts of paying millions for Johnny Foreigner, which often doesnt work out, Redknapp needs to setting the team up less predictably.   The bottom six all knew how to come to White Hart Lane and stop Crouch so Spurs hardly scored in those games.  Against the top sides Van der Vaart was playing off Dawson across the back rather than Crouch so equally there was little goal threat.

Spurs biggest priority should be to sell off the players that definitely are not going to be considered seriously this season.   If it were my choice Jenas , Crouch ,  Keane , Corluka and Bassong but be gone with possibly Bentley as well although I still think he can regain his form.
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I would also like to see Dos Santos given a chance.  There is something going on there that defies logic or I am missing some vital information.  He has only been good enough to play 10 part games in the least important matches in 3 years yet he is apparently worth more now than we paid for him and is interesting top European clubs.  The boy is clearly better than he has been allowed to be at Tottenham.  He is great for his country and scored the winner in against USA in the final of this summers tournament.  He needs a proper chance though it looks unlikely it will happen.  But he is player who scores on the world stage but not good enough for Tottenham.  Spurs  will probably let him slip away.

The biggest mistakes Redknapp could make would be to continue with the same punt it at Crouch tactic and the same goalkeeper.  Start with a better goalkeeper and put forwards onto the pitch instead of onto the bench and Spurs can finish above Arsenal and in the top 4 again even without any major purchase.

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Wouldn’t It Be Great To Be Called Lucky Spurs ?

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Being called ‘ Lucky Spurs’ would be a sign of success.  The teams at the top always get their fair share of luck and late winning goals.  I never rememember having thought this way about Tottenham.  I can remember the Gooners being called ‘ Lucky Arsenal’  for years with countless fortunate victories to their name by odd goals or dubious penalties.  It seems if you can get a roll with this type of luck as Manchester United do then it gathers its own momentum.

Spurs were a touch lucky to pick up all 3 points against Liverpool on Sunday but on the other hand Jermaine Defoe missed two great chances and got marginally offside for a third.  This sort of luck comes with self belief.  Most years Spurs would be happy with a draw against Liverpool but this season a draw would have been a big disappointment.  The expectancy is so much greater this season and Spurs for the first time in many years see themselves as better than Liverpool.

Liverpool played better than expected but then Tottenham were below par particularly in the first half. Palacios was not at all good and surely only stayed on because of injuries to two of his teammates.  Benoit Assou Ekotto was frustrating beyond belief with his hopeful dollies forward at Crouch which rarely got there and was wasteful of possession.  He didn’t look like he knew he had the quickest wide player around just in front of him wanting the ball.  Bale wasn’t able to get involved at his usual level as he was being bypassed and was restricted to a few runs but several free kicks and corners. The nice thing about Spurs at the moment is that if one player is having an off day somebody else can step up and perform. In this match that was Luka Modric who opened Liverpool up and change the course of the game.
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The luck of course came in injury time when another hopeful punt by Assou Ekotto eluded Crouch but dropped perfectly for the on running Lennon to slot in the corner.  A well taken goal from a very fortunate ball forward was what it needed to win the game.  Lets hope that next time things aren’t quite going perfectly Spurs get another slice of luck.

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Rafa s got more lives than a cat

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It seems every few matches that I think to myself ‘that must be it for Rafa! ‘  He is making a mess of things on a very consistent basis but he seems to keep getting away with it.   It surely can’t last much longer.  His next two matches are both massive tests of character.  Stoke away is not for the faint hearted at the best of times. He will do well to get a draw there. Then a few days later its Spurs at home. That is usually a home win but at the moment Spurs are looking considerably stronger than the reds.  

If they were to lose either of these I would think they could say goodbye to the champions league spot, particularly the Spurs game as it really widen the gap between the two teams.

Unfortunately for Benitez he has Torres and Gerrard injured again for the matches.  He can’t pull in his most imaginative player Benayoun either as he is also injured.  Not that he has been using him as much as he could anyway. He is frustratingly unadventurous in his philosophy.Live Football Online

His biggest problem though is that he really has no goal threat without those three players.  He might get an odd goal from Kuyt or Babel, if selected, but they can’t be thinking they will score regularly.

Unfortunately he has sold plenty of strikers that are still playing well in the Premiership and not replaced them.  He should be embarrassed that Craig Bellamy, Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane, Emile Heskey, Michael Owen are all top strikers at clubs that are doing better than Liverpool.  

Its all very well saying he needs to be given money to invest in players but at some point he is going to have to be held accountable for wasting the resources he has already been given. It is undeniable that the strength of the squad has diminished in his charge.




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England 3 – 0 Belarus – World Cup 2010 Qualifier

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Watch highlights and all the goals from the England v Belarus World Cup 2010 Qualifier from Wembley (14 October 2009).

England rounded off an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable victory over Belarus at Wembley.

Crouch grabbed his first from close range early on, before Wright-Phillips doubled the lead in the second half. The Tottenham man wrapped up Englands ninth win in ten Qualifiers on 75 minutes, after Carlton Coles shot was initially saved by Yury Zhevnov.

Duration : 0:5:12

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Smithy Meets the England Football Team

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The team behind Gavin and Stacey’s bespoke sketch for comic relief’s Red Nose Day 2009. Smithy stubbles into the England Football meeting, and lets rip. Featuring David Beckham, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, David James, Peter Crouch, Michael Carrick.

Duration : 0:8:20

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Preston North End vs Tottenham 1-5 (09/23/09) highlights

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Tottenham vs Preston 5-1 (09/23/2009) Carling cup
The Spurs was way too much for the The Lilywhites
Tottenham le mete una paliza a Preston North End

Spurs Goals by
Peter Crouch (14′)
Jermain Defoe (37′)
Peter Crouch (77′)
Robbie Keane (87′)
Peter Crouch (90′)

Duration : 0:1:4

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