Piecing together an overcrowded midfield

by Matthew Harris on July 19, 2012

 

It was just a friendly at Stevenage but there were many positives to take out of the 2-0 victory at Broadhall Way and many Spurs fans would have been delighted to see Tom Huddlestone make a return to action.

Thudd has endured an injury plagued couple of years at the club but if he is fit to play a full part this season, it highlights an ‘abundance of riches’ amongst other things, at the club.

Aside from Tom, AVB could select from Parker, Sandro, Lennon, Bale, VDV, Sigurdsson, Livermore, and maybe Bentley, Rose and Pienaar. And those are just the ones I can remember.

In addition, while Modric looks set to leave, a replacement such as Moutinho or Dzagoev is likely to come the other way.

Villas-Boas has hinted at playing ten behind a lone striker which does create a bit of room and he also looks more likely to apply squad rotation that the previous manager but with five places up for grabs, what’s your first choice midfield?

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

BrizzleSpur July 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Good to see Sig and Falque on the scoresheet, even if it was just a friendly.
Would like Sandro and Parker played together in midfield behind sig with Lennon and Bale on either flanks. But where does that leave VDV and the recovering Thudd? Gio & Pienaar too if he doesn’t move back to Everton. We have a lot of options in Midfield!

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spur1950 July 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

bale ,vdv,siggi,sandro,lennon let the thudd get properly fit
europeans pienaar, parker,thudd,jenas,bentley

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robbie July 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Going with the team we have now excluding Modric. Im hoping we play a 4-2-3-1 against the harder opposition!

Brad
Walker-Kaboul-Vertonghen-BAE
Sandro-Hudd
Lennon-Sigg/VDV-Bale
Defoe (Need a New Striker)

For the home games and against the “easier” opposition we should play a 4-3-3.

Brad
Walker-Kaboul-Vertonghen-BAE
Sandro-VDV-Sigg
Lennon-Defoe-Bale.

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Daniel July 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Robbie, that sounds about right.

(1st Choice<2nd Choice<3rd ChoiceTHudd
DM: Sandro>Parker>Livermore
AM: Gylfi>VdV

Hopefully there’s good squad rotation. We do need more depth on the wings, though.

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CheltYid July 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

What about Parker?

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strangelytrue July 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Sandro streets ahead of parker !

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robbie July 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Sandro’s all round play is better than parkers! We will need to replace Modric. We need to sign atleast two top class strikers and a young Gk but other than that Im quite happy with the squad!!

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Rich July 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I was at the game last night and Townsend and Carroll looked very sharp on and off the ball. I don’t think they should be overlooked.

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danno July 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

According to HH we got Ade now? ? ?

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frank July 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm

lennon Sig Moutinho Sandro Bale

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Luke July 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Brad
Walker Vetonghen Kaboom BAE

Parker Sandro

Lennon VDV Bale

Ade

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davspurs July 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

This is going to be a no brainier for me Walker Dawson Vertonghan Kaboul Lennon Huddlestone Siggy Bale Van (Defoe) Ady . We have the best wingers around for pace and if they have no quality supply they are no good Huddlestone will if his ankle is fully healed supply the defence splitting passes and also help at corners with his 6ft3 frame can also deliver free kicks and score the odd winner. This is the conundrum AVB will find out if he sticks with Van upfront if Siggy is has good has we all think we wont need Van because what did us last season was lack of rotation. we will see in America who has shirt and who will need too wait for there chance. Coys

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joeyspurs July 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

to be perfectly honest i cud only dream but this is the line up id love to see. 1st team
lloris
walker kaboul verthonghen bae
sadro mouthino
hulk sigurdsson bale
damiao

2nd team

friedel
knaughton dawson caulker fryers
parker thudd
lennon vdv gio
defoe

obviously squad rotation and injury swaps. add in pienar caroll kane livermore. so sell modders bentley jenas bassong gallas gomes. should get 60 mill from that and buy hulk and moutino for that 60 mill and just stump up the 15 mill for lloris.

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joeyspurs July 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

obviously i fogot about paying for damiao so forget that and put in ade for 6 mill

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brockspur July 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Friedel
Walker, Vertonghen, Kaboul, BAE
Sandro, Parker
Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale
Adebayor*

Personally would rather see us spend the Modric money on Damaio or LLorente (suspect Cavani/Falcao/Neymar beyond our range!).
If we’re going to play the “AVB way” with 2 holding midfielders & one advanced, we are pretty well served with the current squad (Hudd/Livermore/Jenas covering for Sandro+Parker, & Sigurdsson/Vdv battling it out for the advanced role.

Beyond strikers, hope we’re also going to buy cover for wide roles – doesn’t look like we’ve got anyone other than Bentley at the moment !. Hoillett on a free is a no-brainer.

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Matt July 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm

It’s not free.. He’s young so if clubs can’t agree compensation it goes to a tribunal…

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robbie July 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Also dont see why we are not in for Ba and hoilett two both good Players with Epl experience! GK we should have a look at marc-André ter Stegen he is a class goalie we could probably get him for 7-10M and is only 20 so could be in the squad for another 15-20 years!

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Declan July 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm

You make it sound so defence and rigid. I hope it’s not that bland. I would prefer a mindset of attack – 4-3-3. And personally think this midfield 3 combination would be immense. Sigg – Sandro – Bale. All 3 are over 6 foot. All 3 are quick(Sandro… Er), clever, and good footballers. We know Sandro and Bale can do their jobs defensively. If Sigg can too, then those 3 could be an imposing force on any side. Bale has what it takes to become a Steven Gerrard should he want. However I think it’s unlikely that both if even 1 will be used in the mid department – given the abundance their and the plight we have upfront now. We can all guess what we want for now. But unfortunately we have to be patient and wait for AVB to assess what our squad has and doesn’t have in his eyes. But my money is on this – Livermore, Huddlestone, and Lennon won’t make the grade, Livermore because for all his effort he is not abundantly talented, Thudd because he’ll be too rusty to have a chance (maybe a loan), Lennon because he doesn’t fit in a 4-3-3. Interestingly.. I rate Bassong, Giovanni and … yes… David Bentley have a chance to make it. Bentley in the Midfield 3 and Giovanni in the attacking 3.

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Jurgen18 July 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

Vertonghen for captain, new era at the lane, long live the king

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